cop·​ro·​lite ˈkä-prə-ˌlīt How to pronounce coprolite (audio)
: fossilized excrement
coprolitic adjective

Examples of coprolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study looked at the coprolites from two pre-Columbian cultures called the Huecoid and Saladoid. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 11 Oct. 2023 The coprolite is shaped like a cylinder and more than 2.7 inches long. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 9 Aug. 2023 Roundworms remain a major health concern for humans, and the little coprolite revealed that the nematode has a long history. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023 Their goal was to see inside the coprolite, a rare soft material preserved by fossilization. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023 Within the thin sections of coprolite, the team found six small, round, organic structures roughly between only 50 to 150 micrometers long. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 9 Aug. 2023 Named for the paleontologist who discovered the T. rex, Barnum Brown, the piece of coprolite — as fossilized poop is called — is on display at the Orlando Science Center with more specimens from the Poozeum, the world’s largest collection of coprolite, owned by George Frandsen of Jacksonville. Trevor Fraser,, 13 Oct. 2021 Enlarge / Human coprolite (preserved human feces) from Durrington Walls, a Neolithic settlement near Stonehenge. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 May 2022 Besides the discovery of the beetles in a coprolite, the scientific name also refers to the Triassic period, which lasted from roughly 252 million to 201 million years ago, and the suborder of bugs called Myxophaga -- small aquatic or semiaquatic beetles that eat algae. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coprolite was in 1829

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“Coprolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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