Entomophaga

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Entomophaga A group of edentates, including the ant-eaters.
    • Entomophaga a group of hymenopterous insects whose larvæ feed parasitically upon living insects. See Ichneumon, 2.
    • Entomophaga A group of marsupials which are partly insectivorous, as the opossum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • entomophaga A subsection of Hymenoptera terebrantia, or boring hymenopterous insects. It contains the insectivorous or parasitic species, such as the ichneumonflies and cuckoo-flies, which have the abdomen stalked; the female with a freely projecting ovipositor forming a borer or terebra, which is straight and inserted at the apex of the abdomen; and the larvæ; apodal and aproctous, usually parasitic in the larvæ; of other insects. The group is distinguished among the Terebrantia from the Phytophaga or saw-flies. The subsection includes the families Chalcididæ, Proctotrypidæ, Braconidæ, Ichneumonidæ, Evaniidæ, Cynipidæ, and Chrysididæ. Westwood, 1840. Also Entomophagi.
    • entomophaga A division of marsupial mammals, containing those which have three kinds of teeth in both jaws, and a cæcum, as the bandicoots and opossums.
    • entomophaga A division of edentate mammals, one of two primary groups of Bruta (the other being Phytophaga), containing insectivorous and carnivorous forms, as the anteaters and pangolins. It was divided into 4 groups, Mutica, Squamata, Loricata, and Tubulidentata.
    • entomophaga A division of chiropterous mammals, containing the ordinary bats, as distinguished from the fruit-bats. Also called Insectivora, Animalivora, and Microchiroptera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Entomophaga a sub-section of Hymenoptera terebrantia, or boring hymenopterous insects
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. 'e`ntomon an insect + fagei^n to eat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. entoma, insects, logia, a discourse, phagein, to eat, philein, to love, taxis, arrangement, temnein, to cut.