Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century
Eating all kinds or a great variety of food.
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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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.