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Pantophagous

[pan-TAH-fə-ɡəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid-19th century

1.

Eating all kinds or a great variety of food.

2.

Omnivorous.

Examples of Pantophagous in a sentence

"We promise the wedding reception menu will be pantophagous."

"I've always been a pantophagous eater, and I don't have any food aversions."

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About Pantophagous

You might have thought "omnivorous" was a fancy way of saying you eat everything, but we'll give you one level up with "pantophagous." The prefix "panto-" is Greek for "all," and "-phagous" means subsisting on a specific food. All food, that is.

Did you Know?

To be pantophagous can mean that you have a preference for a variety of foods, but evolution also has something to do with it. If a carnivorous (meat eating) species cannot find enough meat in their environment, they might adapt to eat more vegetation. Being pantaphagous usually means that a species has more food security during stressful times.

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