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Saprophagous

Definition
adjective
Feeding on carrion or decaying organic matter.
Supplement
Word origin: Greek, from sapros, rotten + Greek –phagos, eating, from phagein, to eat.
Related forms: saprophage (noun).
Synonym: detritivorous.


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