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polyphagia

[pol-ee-fey-jee-uh, -juh]
noun
  1. Pathology. excessive desire to eat.
  2. Zoology. the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food.
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Origin of polyphagia

1685–95; < New Latin < Greek polyphagía; see poly-, -phagy
Related formspol·y·pha·gi·an, noun, adjectivepo·lyph·a·gist [puh-lif-uh-jist] /pəˈlɪf ə dʒɪst/, nounpo·lyph·a·gous [puh-lif-uh-guh s] /pəˈlɪf ə gəs/, pol·y·phag·ic [pol-ee-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /ˌpɒl iˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of polyphagous

  • Another butterfly (Hipparchia Hyperanthus) whose caterpillar is polyphagous, drops hers at random on different plants.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby


British Dictionary definitions for polyphagous

polyphagia

noun
    1. an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder
    2. an insatiable appetite
  1. the habit of certain animals, esp certain insects, of feeding on many different types of food
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Derived Formspolyphagous (pəˈlɪfəɡəs), adjective

Word Origin for polyphagia

C17: New Latin, from Greek, from poluphagos eating much; see poly-, -phagy
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Word Origin and History for polyphagous

polyphagia

n.

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.

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polyphagous in Medicine

polyphagia

(pŏl′ē-fājə)
n.
  1. Excessive eating; gluttony.
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