saxicavous

adjective sax·i·ca·vous \¦saksē¦kāvəs\

Definition of saxicavous

  1. :  boring in rock —used especially of a mollusk — compare lithophagous

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Origin and Etymology of saxicavous

New Latin saxicavus, from saxi- + -cavus (from Latin cavare to make hollow) — more at excavate


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