Definition of phytophagous in English:

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phytophagous

Pronunciation: /fīˈtäfəɡəs/

adjective

Zoology
(Especially of an insect or other invertebrate) feeding on plants.
Example sentences
  • This possibility [that catnip may be a defensive substance, protecting the plant against phytophagous insects] was investigated by a series of simple experiments.
  • Trade-offs exist when two physiological demands are limited by the same resource (e.g., protein in phytophagous insects).
  • As important as behavioral and physiological alterations are as a means of circumventing toxins, direct metabolic detoxication is arguably the strategy which is the most effective and most commonly employed by phytophagous insects.

Derivatives

phytophagy

Pronunciation: /-əjē/
noun
Example sentences
  • A feeding experiment was established to elucidate the extent of granivory and phytophagy among 24 species of insectivorous carabid beetles.
  • Gut contents of Carboniferous arthropods, which include lycopod xylem elements and spores, are a tangible demonstration of phytophagy.
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