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coprolite

[kop-ruh-lahyt] /ˈkɒp rəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a stony mass consisting of fossilized fecal matter of animals.
Origin of coprolite
1820-1830
1820-30; copro- + -lite
Related forms
coprolitic
[kop-ruh-lit-ik] /ˌkɒp rəˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coprolite

coprolite

/ˈkɒprəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
any of various rounded stony nodules thought to be the fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates
Derived Forms
coprolitic (ˌkɒprəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for coprolite
n.

fossil dung, 1829, from copro- + -lite, from French, for -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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coprolite in Science
coprolite
  (kŏp'rə-līt')   
Fossilized excrement. Analysis of the fossilized animal and plant remains within coprolites provides important information about the diet and environment of ancient biota.
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