Definitions

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  • n. The eating of feces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The habit, found among insects, of customarily feeding upon excrement. It also occurs as a pathological condition in man.

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

  • n. eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity

Etymologies

From copro- (excrement) and the suffix -phagy (to feed on) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Love that he worked in the word coprophagy into ...

    Cootiehog

  • From coprophagy to predation: a dung beetle that kills millipedes

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  • Morphological similarities placing D. valgum in the same subgenus with non-predatory dung-feeding species suggest a major and potentially rapid behavioural shift from coprophagy to predation.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Despite decades of education, homosexuals still tend to be promiscuous and to engage in high rates of high risk and often anonymous sex practices including fisting, torture, sodomy, coprophagy, vampirism, and other paraphilias that result in the exchange of blood, urine, feces, and semen yielding much higher rates of deadly disease than in the normal population.

    The "homosexualization" of the clergy in Latin America

  • Now it turns out that terrestrial gastropods may have been into coprophagy for quite a long time, at least since dinosaurs were around.

    Did ancient snails dig dino dung?

  • By the way, according to Dictionary.com, coprophagy is "the eating of excrement that is normal behavior among many especially young animals but in humans is a symptom of some forms of insanity."

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  • The fact that these rodents eat their own droppings (coprophagy) augments their ability to utilize natural forages, and allows them to abound in degraded zones.

    15 Agouti

  • Cecotropes are rich in bacterial protein, and this double digestion (coprophagy) enables the animals to utilize the fermentation products formed in the cecum.

    14 Domestic Rabbit

  • In general, an evolution towards coprophagy is evident in several Scarabaeoidea lineages.

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  • The ancestral shift in feeding habits from saprophagy to coprophagy in the Scarabaeoidea probably coincided with the appearance of large terrestrial herbivores, particularly grazing Mesozoic reptiles and subsequently mammals

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