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Related to polyphagy: oligophagous, polyphagous, monophagous


 (pŏl′ē-fā′jē-ə, -jə) or po·lyph·a·gy (pə-lĭf′ə-jē)
1. An excessive or pathological desire to eat.
2. Zoology The habit of feeding on many different kinds of food.

pol′y·pha′gi·an adj.


Feeding on many different kinds of food: polyphagous predators.

po·lyph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.
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1. (Medicine) med an insatiable appetite
2. (Zoology) zoology the practice of eating a variety of foods
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polyphagia, polyphagy

1. a desire for all kinds of food.
2. Med. excessive or gluttonous consumption of food. — polyphagian, n.polyphagic, polyphagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
Pathology. excessive appetite or excessive eating.
See also: Disease and Illness
the tendency to eat a wide variety of food. — polyphagist, n.polyphagic, adj.
See also: Biology
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This polyphagy causes important losses and contributed to the rapid adaptation of this pest to different agroecosystems (Bortolotto et al., 2014).
Spiders possess the characteristics of predators that can contribute to density-independent limitation of prey, including self-damping, high levels of polyphagy and life cycles that are asynchronous to those of prey species.
Determinants of polyphagy by a woolly bear caterpillar: a test of the physiological efficiency hypothesis.
Polyphagy by EGVM has been documented in the literature: Larvae may feed on up to 40 hosts in 27 plant families (Ioriatti et al.
Interactions between hawkmoths and flowering plants in East Africa: polyphagy and evolutionary specialization in an ecological context.
& SANDERSON, J.P., 1993.--Behavioral responses to prey density by three acarine predator species whit different degrees of polyphagy. Oecologia 96: 147-156.
Polyphagy and obligate mynnecophily in the butterfly Hallonvmpha paucipuncta (Lepidoptera : Riodinidae) in the neotropical Cerrado Savanna.
Polyphagy helps to sustain predators when pest density is low in agroecosystems, usually early in the season.
The degree to which polyphagy is promoted by genetic variability in Callosamia deserves attention (Scriber and Slansky, 1981; Scriber et al., 1991).
Population variability and polyphagy in herbivorous insect communities.