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: a genus of marine bivalve mollusks (family Pholadidae) that bore holes in wood


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plural noun

: a group of insects that feed on or in wood
especially : a division of beetles

Word History



New Latin, from xyl- + -phaga

Plural noun

New Latin, from xyl- + -phaga

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“Xylophaga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xylophaga. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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