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Feeding on or obtaining nutrition from wood: a xylophagous beetle; xylophagous fungi.


(Zoology) (of certain insects, crustaceans, etc) feeding on or living within wood


(zaɪˈlɒf ə gəs)

feeding on, perforating, or decomposing wood, as certain insects, insect larvae, or crustaceans.
[1835–45; < Greek xylophágos. See xylo-, -phagous]
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Bonaventure Church,- The timber attack by xylophagous insects and by fungi,- Poor condition of the facades requiring restoration.
Neotropical tree species and their faunas of Xylophagous longicorns (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in French Guiana.
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Host-use patterns of saproxylic phloeophagous and xylophagous Coleoptera adults and larvae along the decay gradient in standing dead black spruce and aspen.
ICA Group's 100%-natural coatings have been designed to offer protection against aggressive environmental agents, such as rainwater, mold and xylophagous organisms.