Definition of necrophagous in US English:

necrophagous

adjective

Ecology Zoology
  • That feeds on dead bodies or decaying animal tissue; characterized by such behaviour.

Origin

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.