coprophagy

coprophagous

[kuh-prof-uh-guhs]
adjective
feeding on dung, as certain beetles.

Origin:
1820–30; copro- + -phagous

coprophagia [kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh, -juh] , noun
coprophagist [kuh-prof-uh-jist] , noun
coprophagy, noun
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coprophagous (kɒˈprɒfəɡəs)
 
adj
(esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
 
cop'rophagy
 
n

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coprophagy
1891, from Mod.L. coprophagus, from Gk. koprophagos "dung-eating," from kopros "dung" + -phagos (see -phagous).
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coprophagy cop·roph·a·gy (kŏ-prŏf'ə-jē)
n.
See scatophagy.


cop·roph'a·gous (-gəs) adj.
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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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