Definition of detritivore in English:

detritivore

noun

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

    • ‘The members of Echinoidea are suspension feeders, herbivores, detritivores, and predators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some graze, some browse, some feed on plankton, some are scavengers or detritivores, some are active carnivores.’
    • ‘Thus, the evidence shows conclusively that the damage documented here was caused by herbivores, not detritivores.’
    • ‘Sodium, by contrast, can be quite difficult to obtain for detritivores and herbivores in the terrestrial environment.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

detritivore

/dɪˈtrɪtɪvɔː/