from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Feeding on plants or plant material. Used especially of insects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Plant-eating; feeding on plants; herbivorous; specifically, of or pertaining to the Phytophaga, in any sense. Also phytophagan and phytophagic.

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

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Feeding on plants; herbivorous.

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  • adjective zoology feeding on plants, herbivorous

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  • adjective (of animals) feeding on plants


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  • Outside the sun broke through the rain clouds, and as the sunlight spilled in through the kitchen window, there was earthworm blood and phytophagous stew everywhere.

    Caterpillars in love.

  • She checked on the phytophagous stew, her spiracles told her that it was almost done.

    Caterpillars in love.

  • Mr Caterpillar jerked his head and thorax back, and then whipped it forward in a whiplash maneuver, shoving Mrs Caterpillar onto her stove, her phytophagous stew splashing all over her kitchen floor — completely wasted.

    Caterpillars in love.

  • The herbivore-based system in most tundra habitats is dominated by one or two lemming species, while the abundance of phytophagous (plant-eating) insects relative to plant biomass is small on arctic tundra.

    Arctic environments north of the treeline

  • The herbivore-based trophic system in most tundra habitats is dominated by one or two lemming species [74] while the abundance of phytophagous (plant-eating) insects relative to plant biomass is low in arctic tundra [75].

    Effects of changes in climate and UV radiation levels on structure of arctic ecosystems in the short and long term

  • So, it also unknown whether the phytophagous insects and mites are able to survive such a “bottleneck” in the willow population, or for how long they can survive these restricted conditions.

    Human impacts on the biodiversity of the Arctic

  • These include colonial fossorial rodents (marmots, ground squirrels) large birds of prey, and phytophagous insects (grasshoppers).

    Kazakh steppe

  • Same with lignivorous/xylophagous, herbivorous/phytophagous, and of course carnivorous/sarcophagous. VEGAN.

  • They represent a wide spectrum of habitat requirements; terrestrial, aquatic, carnivorous and phytophagous species and many more with subtle dependences of specialist biotopes.

    Bürger and Cubasch: Are multiproxy climate reconstructions robust? « Climate Audit

  • In general, it can be said that neem products are medium - to broadspectrum pesticides of plant-eating (phytophagous) insects.

    5 Effects on Insects


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