Ecology. an organism, usually a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down the cells of dead plants and animals into simpler substances.
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Historical Examples of decomposer
You put in a good inferior article of plumbing,—such as you find everywhere—and add my decomposer, and there you are.
However, he said nothing, and felt sure his morphia could not be detected in beer by any decomposer but the stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for decomposer
ecology any organism in a community, such as a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down dead tissue enabling the constituents to be recycled to the environmentSee also consumer (def. 3), producer (def. 8)
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Word Origin and History for decomposer
1833, "a decomposing agent," agent noun from decompose.
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