phyllophagous

[ fi-lof-uh-guh s ]
/ fɪˈlɒf ə gəs /

adjective Zoology.

(of an organism) feeding on leaves.

Nearby words

  1. phyllogenetic,
  2. phylloid,
  3. phyllomania,
  4. phyllome,
  5. phyllomic,
  6. phyllophore,
  7. phylloplane,
  8. phyllopod,
  9. phylloquinone,
  10. phyllosilicate

Origin of phyllophagous

1865–70; phyllo- + -phagous, probably on the model of New Latin Phyllophaga

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Word Origin and History for phyllophagous

phyllophagous

adj.

"leaf-eating," 1819, from phyllo- + -phagous.

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