xylotomous

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek ξύλον (ksúlon, wood) + τομία (tomía, cut), from τέμνειν (témnein, to cut)

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xylotomous (not comparable)

  1. That bores or cuts into wood, as with certain insects.
    • Real estate agents in the southern U.S. routinely handle questions about the presence of xylotomous insects, primarily termites.
    • Wooden structures in the tropics must be chemically treated to repel xylotomous pests.
    • Isopterophobia is the fear of termites or other xylotomous insects.

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