saprophagous

[ sa-prof-uh-guh s ]
/ sæˈprɒf ə gəs /
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adjective Biology.

(of an organism) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter.

Origin of saprophagous

First recorded in 1810–20; sapro- + -phagous
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British Dictionary definitions for saprophagous

saprophagous

/ (sæˈprɒfəɡəs) /

adjective

(of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
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