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coprolite

[ kop-ruh-lahyt ]
/ ˈkɒp rəˌlaɪt /
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noun
a stony mass consisting of fossilized fecal matter of animals.
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Origin of coprolite

First recorded in 1820–30; copro- + -lite

OTHER WORDS FROM coprolite

cop·ro·lit·ic [kop-ruh-lit-ik], /ˌkɒp rəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coprolite

coprolite
/ (ˈkɒprəˌlaɪt) /

noun
any of various rounded stony nodules thought to be the fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates

Derived forms of coprolite

coprolitic (ˌkɒprəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for coprolite

coprolite
[ kŏprə-līt′ ]

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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