Definition of detritivore in English:

detritivore

noun

Zoology
  • An animal which feeds on dead organic material, especially plant detritus.

    • ‘Thus, the evidence shows conclusively that the damage documented here was caused by herbivores, not detritivores.’
    • ‘Some graze, some browse, some feed on plankton, some are scavengers or detritivores, some are active carnivores.’
    • ‘The members of Echinoidea are suspension feeders, herbivores, detritivores, and predators.’
    • ‘Sodium, by contrast, can be quite difficult to obtain for detritivores and herbivores in the terrestrial environment.’
    • ‘These earliest insect species were probably detritivores, scavenging for organic matter in the thin soils of the time, although some species may have been herbivores feeding on live plants.’

Origin

1960s: from detritus + -vore ‘eating’ (see -vorous).

Pronunciation

detritivore

/dɪˈtrɪtɪvɔː/