- Pathology. excessive desire to eat.
- Zoology. the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food.
Origin of polyphagia
Examples from the Web for polyphagous
Another butterfly (Hipparchia Hyperanthus) whose caterpillar is polyphagous, drops hers at random on different plants.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
- 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 polyphagous
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.