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  1. a stony mass consisting of fossilized fecal matter of animals.

Origin of coprolite

First recorded in 1820–30; copro- + -lite
Related formscop·ro·lit·ic [kop-ruh-lit-ik] /ˌkɒp rəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coprolite


  1. any of various rounded stony nodules thought to be the fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates
Derived Formscoprolitic (ˌkɒprəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for coprolite


fossil dung, 1829, from copro- + -lite, from French, for -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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coprolite in Science


  1. Fossilized excrement. Analysis of the fossilized animal and plant remains within coprolites provides important information about the diet and environment of ancient biota.
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