plural noun
Xy·​lo·​phag·​i·​dae | \ ˌzīləˈfajəˌdē \

Definition of Xylophagidae

: a family of dipterous flies whose predaceous larvae frequently live in decayed wood

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History and Etymology for Xylophagidae

New Latin, from Xylophagus, type genus (from Greek xylophagos xylophagous) + -idae

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“Xylophagidae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xylophagidae. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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