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[ kuh-prof-uh-guh s ]
/ kəˈprɒf ə gəs /


feeding on dung, as certain beetles.

Nearby words

coprolith, coprolitic, coprology, coproma, coprophagia, coprophagous, coprophagy, coprophilia, coprophilic, coprophilism, coprophilous

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

Examples from the Web for coprophagous

  • 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


/ (kɒˈprɒfəɡəs) /


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