I was reading this article about eating insects. What is a word for a person who does it?

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    insectivore applies to animals that eat insects. Fried grasshoppers & chocolate-covered ants: yum yum.
    – GEdgar
    Sep 5, 2011 at 12:48
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    "Entomophage": scientists will understand you, but the masses will raise their eyebrows at you. "Insectivore": the masses will understand you, but scientists will raise their eyebrows at you. Sep 5, 2011 at 17:16
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    Belongs on cooking.SE!
    – Golden Cuy
    Sep 5, 2011 at 23:51
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    Biker esp. without a helmet comes to mind. But Entomophage is the medical term.
    – Intrepid01
    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:38
  • Bug connoisseur.
    – myol
    Mar 25, 2015 at 21:12

2 Answers 2


The habit is called entomophagy, so a person doing so would be called an entomophage; entomophagous is the adjective.


As @GEdgar said, insectivore. Humans are animals, after all. But that implies an insect-only diet. Omnivore might be more appropriate.

  • I tried to eat an Omni once, but I got iron overload.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 19, 2015 at 18:38

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