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The word sarcophagus is to flesh as the word xylophagus is to what?




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Answer: wood

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 Challenge and Rimbunan Hijau.

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