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Treated as plural. A large suborder of the Coleoptera, being a diverse assemblage that comprises almost all beetles apart from the predatory ground and water beetles; beetles of this suborder (collectively or individually).
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Polyphaga, suborder name from ancient Greek πολυϕάγος + scientific Latin -a. Compare French polyphages, plural.
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