saproxylic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sapro- +‎ xylo- +‎ -ic

Adjective[edit]

saproxylic (not comparable)

  1. Relating to, or causing, the decay of wood.
  2. That lives in or feeds on decaying wood.
    • 2018, Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 5 March:
      The study says 18% of saproxylic beetles – which depend on dead and decaying wood for some of their lifecycle – now exist on a conservation plane between “vulnerable” and “critically endangered”.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

saproxylic (plural saproxylics)

  1. Any organism that lives in decaying wood