po·​lyph·​a·​gous | \ pə-ˈli-fə-gəs How to pronounce polyphagous (audio) \

Definition of polyphagous

: feeding on or utilizing many kinds of food

Other Words from polyphagous

polyphagy \ pə-​ˈli-​fə-​jē How to pronounce polyphagous (audio) \ noun

Examples of polyphagous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Neil Shaw, Fox News, 16 Aug. 2018 The polyphagous shot hole borer is about 0.1 inch in length. Lauren Williams, Orange County Register, 9 June 2017 The polyphagous shot hole borer is about 0.1 inch in length. Lauren Williams, The Mercury News, 9 June 2017 U.S. Forest Service researchers estimate that the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle could kill 27 million trees in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 38 percent of the 71 million trees in that region. Ed Fletcher, sacbee.com, 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of polyphagous

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyphagous

Greek polyphagos eating too much, from poly- + -phagos -phagous

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“Polyphagous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyphagous. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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