American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Feeding on wood, as certain insects or insect larvae.
- adj. Destructive to wood, as certain crustaceans or fungi.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wood-eating; habitually feeding upon wood; lignivorous, as an insect. See Cis (with cut).
- Perforating and destroying as if eating timber, as a mollusk or a crustacean.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Eating, boring in, or destroying, wood; -- said especially of certain insect larvæ, crustaceans, and mollusks.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the genus Xylophaga.
- From xylo- (wood) and suffix -phagous (Wiktionary)
“Same with lignivorous/xylophagous, herbivorous/phytophagous, and of course carnivorous/sarcophagous.”
“Water temperature relations primitive xylophagous cockroach Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder (Dictyoptera - Cryptocercidae)”
“It's a veritable feast, so check the duration of your mortgage because what you're buying is fast becoming food for powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and other xylophagous organisms (wood eaters).”
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