meaning of -phagous

-phagous meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element definition "eating, feeding on," from Latin -phagus, from Greek -phagos "eater of," from phagein "for eating," actually "to have a share of food," from PIE root *bhag- "to share aside, apportion, deliver," also "to get a share" (cognates: Sanskrit bhajati "assigns, allots, apportions, enjoys, loves," bhagah "allotter, provider, master, lord," bhaksati "eats, drinks, enjoys;" Persian bakhshidan "to provide;" Old Church Slavonic bogatu "rich").