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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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Examples from the Web for coprophagous

Historical Examples

  • Biology of Stomoxys calcitrans and other coprophagous flies.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

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

British Dictionary definitions for coprophagous


  1. (esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
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Derived Formscoprophagy, noun
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