- (of an organism) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter.
Origin of saprophagous
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Examples from the Web for saprophagous
Even many of the saprophagous insects will sip nectar from these flowers.
Generally speaking, the carnivorous insects, whether thalerophagous or saprophagous, are of this description.
Saprophagous, sap-rof′a-gus, adj. feeding on decaying matter.
- (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
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