Definition of coprophagous in US English:

coprophagous

adjective

Zoology
  • See coprophagy

    • ‘Larvae of this species are coprophagous, meaning they feed on the dung of large mammals, which they thereby decompose, together with many other species of primarily earthworms, beetles and flies.’
    • ‘The problem of comparing baited and non-baited traps as sampling methods for coprophagous and necrophagous insects is further compounded by the effect of trap fluid and sampling interval.’
    • ‘This indicates that coprophagous animals were indeed at least partially responsible for the disappearance of the fecal smears in the 1999 alpine experiment.’
    • ‘At least some species are known to be coprophagous, reingesting special feces voided from the cecum’
    • ‘If people were coprophagous in pre-history, what archeological evidence would there be, if any?’

Pronunciation

coprophagous

/-ˈpräfəɡəs/