American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An organism, often a bacterium or fungus, that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, thus making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which decomposes.
“After saturation the mud of bicarbonate of sodium is drawn off and passed into the "decomposer," a tower 35 ft. high by 6 ft. 6 in. in diameter, with perforated shelves, into which steam is blown from below, the liquor passing downward.”
“Physiological groups of decomposer fungi in tundra plant remains.”
“The effects of increased UV-B radiation levels on microorganisms include damage to high-latitude strains of fungal spores, and damage to some species of leaf-dwelling fungi and soil-dwelling decomposer fungi that resulted in a change in the composition of the fungal communities.”
“The economic system should reinvent the decomposer function of ecological systems.”
“Focusing solely on biological processes (which we really shouldn't), the whole plant/algae -- animal/decomposer "pairing" constitute a sort of very oversimplified negative feedback.”
“Water removed from tank A after harvesting of the zooplankton and from the decomposer tank was transferred to the chlorella culture tanks.”
“You put in a good inferior article of plumbing, -- such as you find everywhere -- and add my decomposer, and there you are.”
“An amalgam is formed when sodium metal dissolves in the liquid mercury and it is removed to the decomposer.”
“That lack of salt keeps decomposer numbers in check, while plants, which don't need salt, flourish, piling up carbon on the forest floor when they die.”
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