from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeding on wood, as certain insects or insect larvae.
  • adj. Destructive to wood, as certain crustaceans or fungi.

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  • adj. Feeding on wood. (of insects etc.)
  • adj. Destructive to wood. (of fungi etc.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eating, boring in, or destroying, wood; -- said especially of certain insect larvæ, crustaceans, and mollusks.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the genus Xylophaga.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wood-eating; habitually feeding upon wood; lignivorous, as an insect. See Cis (with cut).
  • Perforating and destroying as if eating timber, as a mollusk or a crustacean.


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From xylo- (wood) and suffix -phagous


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

  • Water temperature relations primitive xylophagous cockroach Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder (Dictyoptera - Cryptocercidae)

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  • It's a veritable feast, so check the duration of your mortgage because what you're buying is fast becoming food for powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and other xylophagous organisms (wood eaters).

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  • Destroying or boring into wood.

    September 14, 2007