from The Century Dictionary.

  • Self-devouring.
  • Self-feeding; capable of feeding itself, as a precocial bird: equivalent in application (but not in meaning) to hesthogenous or ptilopædic, and opposed in meaning to heterophagous (which see).


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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


  • Rather, it becomes what Wacquant calls "autophagous," provoking

    Concurring Opinions 2010

  • Did Baum think of worlds of this sort as autophagous organisms, like the pig sculpted out of its own reduced fat?

    Hard Road Barbara D’Amato 2001


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