The word sarcophagus is to flesh as the word
xylophagus is to what?
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The word sarcophagus derives from the Greek
sarx, flesh, and phagein, to eat. It denotes a tomb that eats flesh
(they were made of limestone which speeds decomposition). The word
xylophagus derives from the Greek
xulon, wood; thus it denotes "that which eats
wood" - e.g., the forestry companies Fletcher
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