phloeophagy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek φλοιός (phloiós, bark) +‎ -φᾰγῐ́ᾱ (-phagíā, eating)[1]

Noun[edit]

phloeophagy (uncountable)

  1. The act or custom of feeding on bark.
    The Scolytinae are a subfamily of weevils, called the bark beetles because of their habit of phloeophagy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977, Eric Partridge, Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, Routledge