detritivore


de·tri·ti·vore

noun \di-ˈtrī-tə-ˌvr\

Definition of DETRITIVORE

:  an organism (as an earthworm or a fungus) that feeds on dead and decomposing organic matter

Origin of DETRITIVORE

International Scientific Vocabulary detritus + -i- + -vore (from Latin -vorus -vorous)
First Known Use: 1959

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