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a combining form meaning “eating,” “feeding on,” “devouring” that specified by the initial element:
creophagous; hylophagous; rhizophagous.
Origin of -phagous
< Greek -phagos, adj. derivative of phágein to eat; see -ous Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for -phagous

word-forming element meaning "eating, feeding on," from Latin -phagus, from Greek -phagos "eater of," from phagein "to eat," literally "to have a share of food," from PIE root *bhag- "to share out, apportion, distribute," also "to get a share" (cf. Sanskrit bhajati "assigns, allots, apportions, enjoys, loves," bhagah "allotter, distributor, master, lord," bhaksati "eats, drinks, enjoys;" Persian bakhshidan "to give;" Old Church Slavonic bogatu "rich").

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