ne·​croph·​a·​gous | \ nə-ˈkrä-fə-gəs How to pronounce necrophagous (audio) , ne- \

Definition of necrophagous

: feeding on corpses or carrion necrophagous insects

Examples of necrophagous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While its bite could crush bones and its blade-like teeth tore through meat, Müller and company believe Dynamosuchus collisensis was a slow scavenger, or necrophagous, similar to the vultures and hyenas of today. National Geographic, "Rare fossil of bone-crushing crocodile cousin found in Brazil," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of necrophagous

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for necrophagous

borrowed from New Latin necrophagus, borrowed from Greek nekrophágos, from nekro- necro- + -phagos -phagous

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“Necrophagous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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