One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Ecology. Of a plant or flower: pollinated by animals. In later use also (of a fruit or seed): dispersed by animals. Also: of, relating to, or of the nature of this type of pollination or dispersal.
2Biology. Of a parasitic organism: that prefers to feed, live, or grow on animals rather than humans.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From zoo- + -philous, probably originally as an alteration of zoidiophilous.
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