American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fossilized excrement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hard roudish stony mass, consisting of the petrified fecal matter of animals, chiefly of extinct reptiles or sauroid fishes. In variety of size and external form the coprolites resemble oblong pebbles or kidney potatoes. They for the most part range from 2 to 4 inches in length, and from 1 to 2 inches in diameter; but some few are much larger, as those of the Ichthyosauri, within whose ribs masses have been found in situ. They are found chiefly in the Lias and the coal-measures. They contain in many cases undigested portions of the prey of the animals which have voided them, as fragments of scales, shells, etc. Coprolites thus indicate the nature of the food, and to some extent the intestinal structure, of the animal which voided them. They are found in such quantities in some localities, as parts of South Carolina, that the mining of the phosphatic rock formed by them for manure constitutes an important industry.
- n. Any rounded concretionary mass or pebble containing largely calcium phosphate and representing the more or less altered debris of fossil bones, teeth, etc., used as a source of phosphoric acid in the manufacture of fertilizers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) A piece of petrified dung; a fossil excrement.
- n. fossil excrement; petrified dung
- From copro- + -lite. (Wiktionary)
“The fossilized dino dung, called coprolite, made its way to”
“I just looked at the link to the Arizona Daily Star that Steve had in his last post that had this great picture of Dr. Paul Martin holding a Pleistocene Ground Sloth - "coprolite" is the proper term - and thought it deserved a post of its own.”
“Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal right, coprolite fossilized dinosaur feces.”
“It's also used as a suffix, as in monolith (big block of stone) or in the form "-lite" (as in coprolite, fossilized dung).”
“One said their own analysis of one of the coprolites was “difficult to reconcile with the DNA results identifying the coprolite as human.””
“He explained to them that what they were holding was coprolite — fossilized dinosaur excrement.”
“It is either that the box is opened and the contents let loose on the world, like a cracker jack with the trots, or the box sucks in the world — a technoid machine — compacts all down like a Faraday compression of absolute skrunch no larger than a chicken bouillon cube if not an outright chip of a teeny weenie humanoid coprolite.”
“Kudos to the person who did the unicorn/fairy cake for not make the uni horn look like a piece of... coprolite.”
“You can dig up a coprolite, put sunglasses, an ugly gray wig, and clothes on it, give it a job, even paint it.”
“But you know coprolite I had to look it up is *not* worthless.”
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