from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic suborder within the order Coleoptera — a very great number of beetles having the prothoracic pleuron not externally visible but fused with the trochantin.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word Polyphaga.


  • The Polyphaga ( "Poly" = many, "phaga" = feed) are true to the description of the name.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • Very few families of the suborder Polyphaga are completely aquatic.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • Rather than fitting neatly inside one of the 4 beetle suborders, these insects are surprisingly old, diverging from the lineage that led to the giant suborder Polyphaga very near in time to the origin of the beetles themselves. species near a woodland pond in an old growth oak forest in upstate New York.

    Myrmecos Blog


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.