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.
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- adjective zoology
Wood- destroying; said of certain insects and fungi.
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Latin lignum wood + perdere to destroy: compare French ligniperde.
Owing to its imperviousness to ligniperdous insects and climate, it cannot possibly be surpassed for such purposes as railway-sleepers.