[ en-tuh-mof-uh-luh s ]
/ ˌɛn təˈmɒf ə ləs /


pollinated by or having spores distributed by insects.

Origin of entomophilous

First recorded in 1875–80; entomo- + -philous

OTHER WORDS FROM entomophilous

en·to·moph·i·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for entomophilous

  • Insect-fertilizable or Entomophilous flowers are those which are sought by insects, for pollen or for nectar, or for both.

  • The index references for "Anemophilous" and "Entomophilous" should probably be 115, rather than 113, but were not changed.

  • Entomophilous, said of flowers frequented and fertilized by insects, 113.

  • Entomophilous: insect-loving: applied to plants especially adapted for pollination by insects.

British Dictionary definitions for entomophilous

/ (ˌɛntəˈmɒfɪləs) /


(of flowering plants) pollinated by insectsCompare anemophilous

Derived forms of entomophilous

entomophily, noun
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Science definitions for entomophilous

[ ĕn′tə-mŏfə-ləs ]

Pollinated by insects.
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