coprophagous

adjective

co·​proph·​a·​gous kə-ˈprä-fə-gəs How to pronounce coprophagous (audio)
: feeding on dung
coprophagy noun

Examples of coprophagous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our results suggest that resource selection in coprophagous insects may be based on innate olfactory preferences. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2011

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Word History

Etymology

Greek koprophagos, from kopr- + -phagos -phagous

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coprophagous was in 1826

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“Coprophagous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coprophagous. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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