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detritivore

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noun de·tri·ti·vore \di-ˈtrī-tə-ˌvȯr\

Definition of detritivore

  1. :  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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