Ligniperdous Lig`ni*per"dous (l[i^]g`n[i^]*p[~e]r"d[u^]s), a. [L. lignum wood + perdere to destroy: cf. F. ligniperde.] (Zo["o]l.) Wood-destroying; -- said of certain insects. [1913 Webster]

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  • ligniperdous — |lignə|pərdəs adjective Etymology: lign + Latin perdere to destroy + English ous more at perdition : that destroys wood a ligniperdous insect * * * ligniperˈdous adjective (L perdere to destroy) destructive of wood • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • ligniperdous — lig·ni·per·dous …   English syllables

  • ligneous —   a. wood like; containing wood.    ♦ lignescent, a. rather woody.    ♦ lignicolous, a. living in wood.    ♦ lignify, v.i. & t. become or make woody.    ♦ ligniperdous, a. destroying wood.    ♦ lignite, n. woody brown coal.    ♦ lignum vitae,… …   Dictionary of difficult words

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