zoophilic

adjective
zoo·​phil·​ic | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce zoophilic (audio) \
variants: or zoophilous \ zō-​ˈä-​fə-​ləs How to pronounce zoophilic (audio) , zə-​ˈwä-​ \

Definition of zoophilic

: having an attraction to or preference for animals especially, of an insect : preferring animals to humans as a source of food

First Known Use of zoophilic

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoophilic

zoo- + -philic

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The first known use of zoophilic was in 1881

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“Zoophilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoophilic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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zoophilic

adjective
zoo·​phil·​ic | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈfil-ik How to pronounce zoophilic (audio) \

Medical Definition of zoophilic

: having an attraction to or preference for animals: as
a : affected with zoophilia
b of an insect : preferring lower animals to humans as a source of food zoophilic mosquitoes

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