Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Destructive of wood; injurious to timber: specifically applied to various insects, crustaceans, and mollusks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Wood-destroying; -- said of certain insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Wood-destroying; said of certain insects and fungi.

Etymologies

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Latin lignum wood + perdere to destroy: compare French ligniperde.

Examples

  • Owing to its imperviousness to ligniperdous insects and climate, it cannot possibly be surpassed for such purposes as railway-sleepers.

    The Philippine Islands

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