adjective en·doph·a·gous \(ˈ)en¦däfəgəs\

Definition of endophagous

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of endophagous

end- + -phagous

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