One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That feeds on dead bodies or decaying animal tissue; characterized by such behaviour.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From necro- + -phagous, after scientific Latin necrophagus from Hellenistic Greek νεκροϕάγος from νεκρο- + -ϕάγος.
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