- a person or thing that decomposes.
- Ecology. an organism, usually a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down the cells of dead plants and animals into simpler substances.
Origin of decomposer
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Examples from the Web for decomposer
You put in a good inferior article of plumbing,—such as you find everywhere—and add my decomposer, and there you are.The American Claimant
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
However, he said nothing, and felt sure his morphia could not be detected in beer by any decomposer but the stomach.Hard Cash
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Word Origin and History for decomposer
1833, "a decomposing agent," agent noun from decompose.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- See detritivore.
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