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coprophagous

[ kuh-prof-uh-guhs ]

adjective

  1. feeding on dung, as certain beetles.


coprophagous

/ kɒˈprɒfəɡəs /

adjective

  1. (esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung


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Derived Forms

  • copˈrophagy, noun
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Other Words From

  • cop·ro·pha·gi·a [kop-r, uh, -, fey, -jee-, uh, -j, uh], noun
  • cop·roph·a·gist [k, uh, -, prof, -, uh, -jist], noun
  • cop·ropha·gy noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of coprophagous1

First recorded in 1820–30; copro- + -phagous
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Example Sentences

Biology of Stomoxys calcitrans and other coprophagous flies.

Again: in the saprophaga the lignivorous tribes form more than half, and the coprophagous ones more than a third.

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