Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Feeding on or obtaining nutrition from wood: a xylophagous beetle; xylophagous fungi.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Zoology) (of certain insects, crustaceans, etc) feeding on or living within wood
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(zaɪˈlɒf ə gəs)

feeding on, perforating, or decomposing wood, as certain insects, insect larvae, or crustaceans.
[1835–45; < Greek xylophágos. See xylo-, -phagous]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
exiguus only that is a phytophagous/ xylophagous termite affecting plants from the family Poaceae, being identified as pest in sugarcane cultivars in Brazil (Ferreira et al., 2009).
Neotropical tree species and their faunas of Xylophagous longicorns (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in French Guiana.
Due to its extremely long ovipositor, elongate and tubular body, long legs and the fact that specimens have been collected on dead or fell trees, it is suggested that the species of Leptofoeninae could be parasitoids of xylophagous beetles (Boucek, 1959; Brues, 1924; Dodd, 1927; Hanson & Heydon, 2006).
(2011), decreased levels of physical and mechanical properties are due to the weakening of the cell wall of the wood caused by the action of xylophagous fungus.
Screening and identification of newly isolated cellulose degrading bacteria from the gut of xylophagous termite Microcerotermes diversus (Silvestri).
But according to some authors (ESTEVES; PEREIRA, 2009; HILL, 2006; XIE et al., 2002), it has long been known that thermal modification processes lead to chemical changes in wood's structure, which improves its dimensional stability and resistance against attack by xylophagous. Successful results have been reported in the literature of thermal modification processes to improve the dimensional stability of eucalypt wood (BATISTA et al., 2011; BRITO et al., 2006; CALONEGO et al., 2012; ESTEVES et al., 2007a, 2007b).
Characterization of the proteases in the midgut of the xylophagous larvae of Oemona hirta (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).