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

  • adj. Living or growing on excrement, as certain fungi.

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  • adj. Living in, or growing on excrement

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing upon dung: said of many fungi.
  • Fond of dung, as an insect; coprophagous.

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Examples

  • That the price of a bye-election (as opposed to its value) was uppermost in this coprophilous gastropod tells you all you need to know about the mindset of your average member of The Ovine & The Bovine.

    Liberty: There is No Finer Cause

  • According to a report in New Scientist, the images show in detail how microscopic dung-loving, or coprophilous, fungi use a squirt-gun action to propel their spores.

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  • Microscopic coprophilous (dung-loving) fungi help make our planet habitable by degrading the billions of tons of faeces produced by herbivores.

    MicrobiologyBytes

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