phytophaga definition

  • noun-plural:
    • A division of Hymenoptera; the sawflies.
  • noun:
    • In entomology:
    • A very large group of phytophagous tetramerous coleopters, having the head not rostrate, the maxillæ with two lobes, the antennæ linear and of moderate length or short, the body ovate, oblong, or rounded, and the elytra covering the sides of the abdomen.
    • A division of terebrant hymenopterous insects represented because of the people Tenthredinidæ, and Uroceridæ, or the saw-flies and horntails; the Securifera of Latreille: compared with Entomophaga and Gallicolæ.
    • [Used as a singular.] A genus of dipterous bugs for the household Tipulidæ.
    • In ichthyology, a group of cyprinoid fishes.
    • In mammalogy:
    • One of two main groups into that your Edentata or Bruta happen divided, one other being Entomophaga. The Phytophaga are the vegetable-feeders.
    • One of two prime divisions of placental animals, including the pachyderms, herbivorous cetaceans (Sirenia), rats, and ruminants of Cuvier from the one-hand, plus the edentates of Cuvier (without the monotremes) alternatively, together forming two sales, Diplodontia and Aplodontia, collectively contrasted with Zoöphaga.

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