Definitions

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  • noun The consumption of one embryo by another in utero; particularly as it relates to certain amphibians, sharks and fishes.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἀδελφός (adelphos, "brother") and the suffix -φαγία (-phagia), combining form of φαγεῖν (phagein, "to eat") See also suffix -phagy.

Examples

  • He believes that mankind in its development went through a scary stage of adelphophagy, which literally means "eating one's brother."

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