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xylophagous

[ zahy-lof-uh-guhs ]
/ zaɪˈlɒf ə gəs /
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adjective
feeding on wood, as certain insects or insect larvae.
perforating or destroying timber, as certain mollusks, crustaceans, and fungi.
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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
/ (zaɪˈlɒfəɡəs) /

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