from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeding on many different kinds of food: polyphagous insects or birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Eating many types of food.
- adj. Having many host plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Eating, or subsisting on, many kinds of food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eating many different kinds of food; almost pamphagous or omnivorous; not monophagous.
- Specifically, of certain animal parasites, requiring more than one host in order to complete their life-cycle: contrasted with monophagous, 2.
My stink bug is, apparently, polyphagous poly=many, phage=eat, and a threat to agriculture.
_Berberis vulgaris_, which shows that Cynthia is also a polyphagous species.
Though a Bombyx be polyphagous in a state of nature, yet I think most species have a tree proper to themselves, on which they are more at home than on any other plant.
Two very common species, _Pandeleteius hilaris_ and _Tanymecus confertus_, appear to be polyphagous, without preference for any particular plant.
In every church, even those conducted on sound principles, there are a few polyphagous members whom no gospel preacher can supply.
(09 / 05 / 2005) Bioinsecticide for combating a pest that affects the tomato and the green bean The tomato fruitworm is the name given to an insect pest which, due to its polyphagous character, causes very serious damage to a number of plants, such as the tomato and the green bean.
To control these polyphagous herbivores, farmers routinely use large amounts of broad-spectrum chemical insecticides, killing many non-target arthropods in the process.