- a combining form meaning “dung,” used in the formation of compound words: coprophagous.
Also especially before a vowel, copr-.
Origin of copro-
< Greek kopro-, combining form of kópros; cognate with Sanskrit śakrt
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before a vowel copr-
- indicating dung or obscenitycoprology
from Greek kopros dung
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Word Origin and History for copro-
word-forming element indicating "dung, filth, excrement," before vowels copr-, from Modern Latin copro-, from Greek kopros "dung," from PIE root *kekw-. Hence, coprology "study of obscene literature."
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- Excrement; dung:coprostasis.
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