saprophagous

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

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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The first known use of saprophagous was in 1819

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saprophagous

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

Medical Definition of saprophagous 

: feeding on decaying matter saprophagous insects

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