Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fossilized excrement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fossil consisting of petrified dung.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of petrified dung; a fossil excrement.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fossil excrement; petrified dung

Etymologies

From copro- + -lite. (Wiktionary)

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  • A fan recently sent me two coprolites. One is a cabochon and the other is in its unpolished state. I like the unpolished one better. Perhaps someday I'll even have some regurgitalite. One can at least hope!

    June 11, 2010

  • 'She wore a charming necklace, made of coprolite.' --jorge999

    November 7, 2009

  • "From the steps he shouted into the night.
    'Coprolite! Faecal débris! Fossil of dung!'
    A minute later he returned to the sitting-room."

    (Powell, Books Do Furnish a Room)

    July 9, 2009

  • really old shit

    October 10, 2008

  • My goodness. Ian Paisley now has a group of fossilised faeces caves named for him. Seems oddly appropriate.

    April 4, 2008

  • "'We found a little pit in the bottom of a cave,' related Dennis Jenkins from the University of Oregon, whose team excavated the Paisley Caves in 2002 and 2003.
    'It was full of camel, horse and mountain sheep bones, and in there we found a human coprolite.'
    This and 13 other coprolites - fossilised faeces - proved the star attraction, because they contained tiny quantities of human mitochondrial DNA - genetic material found outside the nuclei of cells which is passed down from each mother to her children."
    - 'Faeces hint at first Americans', BBC website, 3 April 2008.

    April 4, 2008