- Pathology. excessive desire to eat.
- Zoology. the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food.
Origin of polyphagia
Examples from the Web for polyphagic
In fact, he never envied the pork-eating Americans, the beef-eating English, or the polyphagic French.The Book of Khalid
- an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder
- an insatiable appetite
- the habit of certain animals, esp certain insects, of feeding on many different types of food
Word Origin and History for polyphagic
1690s, "eating to excess," medical Latin, from Greek polyphagia "excess in eating," from polyphagos "eating to excess," from polys "much" (see poly-) + phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Attested from 1890 in sense "feeding on various kinds of food." Nativized as polyphagy. Related: Polyphagic; polyphagous.
- Excessive eating; gluttony.