Definition of polytrophic in US English:



  • 1Biology. Feeding on several kinds of food; obtaining nutrients in more than one way; specifically (of a parasitic organism) infesting many host species; (of a bee) visiting the flowers of many species.

  • 2Entomology. Of an ovariole: having trophocytes or nurse cells enclosed in the follicle with the oocytes.

  • 3Ecology. Of a lake: rich in nutrients, or a particular category of nutrient.


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From poly- + -trophic. In sense 1 after Hellenistic Greek πολυτρόϕος supplying food, nutritious, highly nourished.