[kuh-prof-uh-guh s]


feeding on dung, as certain beetles.

Origin of coprophagous

First recorded in 1820–30; copro- + -phagous
Related formscop·ro·pha·gi·a [kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh, -juh] /ˌkɒp rəˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə/, nouncop·roph·a·gist [kuh-prof-uh-jist] /kəˈprɒf ə dʒɪst/, nouncop·roph·a·gy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
Derived Formscoprophagy, noun
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Word Origin and History for coprophagia

1906, in Havelock Ellis, Latinized from coprophagy (q.v.).

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