Lithophagous Li*thoph"a*gous, a. [Litho- + Gr. ? to eat.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Eating or swallowing stones or gravel, as the ostrich. (b) Eating or destroying stone; -- applied to various animals which make burrows in stone, as many bivalve mollusks, certain sponges, annelids, and sea urchins. See {Lithodomus}. [1913 Webster]

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  • lithophagous — li·thoph·a·gous …   English syllables

  • Lithodomous — Li*thod o*mous, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Like, or pertaining to, Lithodomus; lithophagous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • saxicavous — |saksē|kāvəs adjective Etymology: New Latin saxicavus, from saxi + cavus (from Latin cavare to make hollow) more at excavate : boring in rock used especially of a mollusk; compare lithophagous …   Useful english dictionary

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