adjective Etymology: New Latin saprophagus, from sapr- + -phagus -phagous Date: 1819 feeding on decaying matter

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  • Saprophagous — Sa*proph a*gous, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Feeding on carrion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saprophagous — [sa präf′ə gəs] adj. [ SAPRO + PHAGOUS] feeding on decaying organic matter …   English World dictionary

  • saprophagous — sa·proph·a·gous sa präf ə gəs adj feeding on decaying matter <saprophagous insects> …   Medical dictionary

  • saprophagous — adj. [Gr. sapros, rotten; phagein, to eat] Feeding on dead or decaying animal or plant materials …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • saprophagous — /sa prof euh geuhs/, adj. Biol. (of an organism) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter. [1810 20; SAPRO + PHAGOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • saprophagous — adjective Feeding on dead or decaying organic matter See Also: saprophagy …   Wiktionary

  • saprophagous — feeding on decaying material Feeding and Eating …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • saprophagous — adj. feeding on the flesh of dead or decaying animals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • saprophagous — [sa prɒfəgəs] adjective Biology feeding on decaying matter. Derivatives saprophage noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • saprophagous — sa·proph·a·gous …   English syllables

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