noun, often capitalized
ster·​co·​ra·​nist | \ -nə̇st \
variants: or less commonly stercorarian \ ¦stərkə¦ra(a)rēən \
plural -s

Definition of stercoranist

: one who holds that the consecrated elements in the Eucharist are subject to natural processes (as of digestion)

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History and Etymology for stercoranist

stercoranist from Medieval Latin stercoranista, from stercoran- (irregular from Latin stercor-, stercus excrement) + Latin -ista -ist; stercorarian from Latin stercorarius stercoral + English -an

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“Stercoranist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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