[ kop-ruh-lahyt ]
/ ˈkɒp rəˌlaɪt /


a stony mass consisting of fossilized fecal matter of animals.

Origin of coprolite

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

Related forms

cop·ro·lit·ic [kop-ruh-lit-ik] /ˌkɒp rəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for coprolite


/ (ˈkɒprəˌlaɪt) /


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

Derived Forms

coprolitic (ˌkɒprəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for 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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