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rhizophagous

[rahy-zof-uh-guh s]
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adjective
  1. feeding on roots.
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Origin of rhizophagous

First recorded in 1825–35; rhizo- + -phagous
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  • Rhizophagous, rī-zof′a-gus, adj. root-eating: pertaining to the Rhizophaga.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

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Word Origin and History for rhizophagous

adj.

1831, from comb. form of Greek rhiza "root" (see rhizome) + -phagous.

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