Phytophaga

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plural noun

Phy·​toph·​a·​ga
fīˈtäfəgə
: any of several groups of vegetable-feeding animals: such as
a
: a very large division of Coleoptera comprising beetles that have all the tarsi apparently 4-jointed, the head not rostrate, the labrum exposed, and the palpi never wholly occluded in the mouth and including the families Bruchidae, Chrysomelidae, and Cerambycidae or being made coextensive with Chrysomelidae
b
: a division of Hymenoptera comprising forms (as the sawflies) with larvae that feed on plants
c
: a group of Edentata including the sloths

Phytophaga

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noun

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: a genus of gall midges

Word History

Etymology

Plural noun

New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga

Noun

New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga

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“Phytophaga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Phytophaga. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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