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limivorous

[ lahy-miv-er-uhs ]
/ laɪˈmɪv ər əs /
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adjective Ecology.
of or relating to animals, usually worms or bivalves, that ingest earth or mud to extract the organic matter from it.
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Origin of limivorous

<Latin līm(us) slime, mud + -i- + -vorous, perhaps on the model of limicolous
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British Dictionary definitions for limivorous

limivorous
/ (lɪˈmɪvərəs) /

adjective
(of certain invertebrate animals) feeding on mud

Word Origin for limivorous

C19: from Latin līmus mud + -vorous
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