en·​doph·​a·​gous | \ (ˈ)en¦däfəgəs \

Definition of endophagous

: feeding from within:
a of a parasitoid insect larva : developing within and feeding on the internal organs and tissues of the host — compare ectophagous
b : consuming vegetation or plant debris by burrowing in and disintegrating plant structures (as in the tunneling of leaves by leaf miners)

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History and Etymology for endophagous

end- + -phagous

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“Endophagous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endophagous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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