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[kuh-prof-uh-guh s]
  1. feeding on dung, as certain beetles.
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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
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Historical Examples of coprophagia

  • We regard them as almost insane, fortified in that belief by the undoubted fact that coprophagia is not uncommon among the insane.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for coprophagia


  1. (esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
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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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