xylophagous

[zahy-lof-uh-guh s]
adjective
  1. feeding on wood, as certain insects or insect larvae.
  2. perforating or destroying timber, as certain mollusks, crustaceans, and fungi.

Origin of xylophagous

From the Greek word xylophágos, dating back to 1835–45. See xylo-, -phagous
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British Dictionary definitions for xylophagous

xylophagous

adjective
  1. (of certain insects, crustaceans, etc) feeding on or living within wood
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