saprophagous

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adjective sa·proph·a·gous \sa-ˈprä-fə-gəs\

Definition of saprophagous

  1. :  feeding on decaying matter

Origin and Etymology of saprophagous

New Latin saprophagus, from sapr- + -phagus -phagous


First Known Use: 1819


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saprophagous

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adjective sa·proph·a·gous \sa-ˈpräf-ə-gəs\

Medical Definition of saprophagous

  1. :  feeding on decaying matter saprophagous insects


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