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coprophagous

[kuh-prof-uh-guh s] /kəˈprɒf ə gəs/
adjective
1.
feeding on dung, as certain beetles.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; copro- + -phagous
Related forms
coprophagia
[kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh, -juh] /ˌkɒp rəˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə/ (Show IPA),
noun
coprophagist
[kuh-prof-uh-jist] /kəˈprɒf ə dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
coprophagy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for coprophagy

coprophagous

/kɒˈprɒfəɡəs/
adjective
1.
(esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
Derived Forms
coprophagy, noun
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Word Origin and History for coprophagy
n.

1891, from Modern Latin coprophagus, from Greek koprophagos "dung-eating," from kopros "dung" (see copro-) + -phagos (see -phagous). Related: Coprophagous.

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coprophagy in Medicine

coprophagy cop·roph·a·gy (kŏ-prŏf'ə-jē)
n.
See scatophagy.


cop·roph'a·gous (-gəs) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for coprophagy

eating of dung, or feces, considered abnormal among human beings but apparently instinctive among certain members of the order Lagomorpha (rabbits and hares) and in at least one leaf-eating primate (genus Lepilemur). It is thought that these animals obtain needed vitamins in this way. The diets of certain insect species, among them the dung beetles and dung flies, are primarily or exclusively coprophagous.

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