Ichthyophagous

Ichthyophagous

ˌikTHēˈäfəɡəs

Adjective

  • Fish-eating.

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Example Sentences

“I’ve planned an ichthyophagous menu to celebrate the coastal cuisine of the region.” 

“She used to be vegan, but now she’s ichthyophagous and eats fish a few times a month.”

“My cardiologist recommends I follow an ichthyophagous diet to reduce my intake of red meat.”

Word Origin

Latin, 1820s

Why this word?

This intimidating-looking word simply means “fish-eating.” One of Noah Webster’s goals for the first edition of the 1828 American Dictionary of English Language was to simplify certain language concepts, and this word actually achieves that goal by creating a word from basic Greek roots. Its first appearance was in Webster’s dictionary — it’s formed from the two Greek combining forms “ichthyo-” (“relating to fish”) and “-phagous” (“feeding on a specified food”).

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