saprophagous

adjective
sa·​proph·​a·​gous | \ sa-ˈprä-fə-gəs How to pronounce saprophagous (audio) \

Definition of saprophagous

: feeding on decaying matter

First Known Use of saprophagous

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saprophagous

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

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“Saprophagous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saprophagous. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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saprophagous

adjective
sa·​proph·​a·​gous | \ sa-ˈpräf-ə-gəs How to pronounce saprophagous (audio) \

Medical Definition of saprophagous

: feeding on decaying matter saprophagous insects

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