phy·​toph·​a·​gous fī-ˈtä-fə-gəs How to pronounce phytophagous (audio)
: feeding on plants

Examples of phytophagous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The induction of adult host preferences has been studied in insects with diverse ecologies, including parasitoids, flower-visitors and phytophagous species. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2011

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin phytophagus, from phyto- phyto- + -phagus -phagous

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytophagous was in 1797

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“Phytophagous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


phy·​toph·​a·​gous fī-ˈtäf-ə-gəs How to pronounce phytophagous (audio)
: feeding on plants
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