phago-, phag-, -phage, -phagi, -phagic, -phagically, -phagia, -phagism, -phagist, -phagic, -phagous, -phagy

(Greek: eat, eating; to consume, to ingest; relationship to eating or consumption by ingestion or engulfing)

psomophagia, psomophagy
1. To eat morsels or bits of food; such as, certain birds, fish, etc. From Greek, “a morsel, bit”.
2. In medicine, it is defined as, The practice of swallowing food without thorough mastication (without thoroughly chewing it).
3. A related term, flecherism, promotes taking small amounts of food at a time and chewing each small quantity for a prolonged period before swallowing. Promoted by, and named for, Horace Fletcher, U.S. dietitian, 1849-1919.
rhizophagous, rhizophagy
1. Feeding on roots.
2. A reference to a plant that obtains nourishment through its own roots.
rhypophagous  (adjective), more rhypophagous, most rhypophagous
Referring to the consumption of filth, excrement, putrid matter, or refuse: In some parts of the world it is known that people are rhypophagous and have to injest refuse or foul matter because there isn't anything else for them to eat.
rhypophagy, rypophagy (s)  (noun) (no pl)
The ingestion of refuse or putrid materials; scatophagy; coprophagia: In the article there was a mention of rhypophagy present in their region where people were checking out the waste bins for any useful garbage to eat.
Saprophagans, the name of a tribe of Coleopterous insects, comprising those that feed on substances in a state of decomposition.
saprophagous, saprophage, saprophagy, saprophagic
1. Feeding or living on decaying material or on decomposing matter.
2. Subsisting on decaying organic matter, saprotrophic.
3. Feeding on dead or decaying organic matter; biophagous.
saprophytophagous, saprophytophage, saprophytophagy
Feeding on decomposing plant material.
A suborder of carnivorous and insectivorous marsupials including the opossums.
A reference to flesh-eating or carnivorous consumption.
Subsisting or feeding on animal tissues or flesh.
sarcophagus (s), sarcophagi (pl)
1. Literally, eating or consuming flesh; flesh-eating.
2. From Greek, sarkophagos, through Latin, sarcophagus; so named because the limestone, in which people were buried, caused rapid disintegration or decomposition of the bodies.
3. Among the ancient Greeks and Romans, it was a limestone coffin or tomb, often inscribed and ornamented.
4. Now, by extension, the term is used for any stone coffin, especially a large or monumental tomb.
A stone sarcophagus.
This is just one of many saprcophagi existing from times past.
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The ancient Greeks used, for the making of coffins, a limestone which disintegrated the flesh of bodies deposited in it within a few weeks.

Such a coffin was called sarkophagos, literally, "eating flesh," a word formed from sarx, "flesh," and phagein, "to eat." From this origin comes our word sarcophagus, which has lost its literal significance and denotes merely any stone coffin or large coffin placed where it may be seen.

—Quoted from
Picturesque Word Origins; G. & C. Merriam Company;
Springfield, Massachusetts; 1933; page 105.
Feeding on, or eating, flesh.
A “king-of-the-reptile eaters” from Late Jurassic Oklahoma. Named by Daniel J. Chure in 1995.
To eat lizards; the eating of lizards.
This nomenclature (“reptile eater”) is no longer recognized by scientists because they found that it described an animal that was previously given another name which is Allosaurus.

Related "eat, eating" word units: brycho-; esculent-; esophago-; glutto-; vor-.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": alimento-; broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; tropho-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.

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