polyphagous

adjective
po·lyph·a·gous | \pə-ˈli-fə-gəs \

Definition of polyphagous 

: feeding on or utilizing many kinds of food

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Other Words from polyphagous

polyphagy \pə-ˈli-fə-jē \ noun

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The polyphagous shot hole borer is about 0.1 inch in length. Lauren Williams, Orange County Register, "How California is being invaded and what you can do to help," 9 June 2017 The polyphagous shot hole borer is about 0.1 inch in length. Lauren Williams, The Mercury News, "How California is being invaded and what you can do to help," 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, "For tree canopy, ‘Paris isn’t in our league,’ Sacramento arborist says," 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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