Definitions

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

  • adj. Feeding on carrion or corpses: necrophagous organisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That eats dead or decaying animal flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Necrophaga; eating carrion. See necrophagan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eating or feeding on carrion.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The skin was almost entirely enclosing the skeleton, and inside were millions of the pupa-cases of flies and other insects, with thousands of two or three species of small necrophagous beetles.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • I suppose such lapses were inevitable from a reviewer so reluctant to take on the job in the first place, his arm having been twisted by your magazine's necrophagous fascination with English playing fields.

    Reviewing Sylvia Plath

  • These false eagles rarely kill any living bird or animal; and their vulture-like, necrophagous habits are very evident to any one who has fallen asleep on the desolate plains; for, when he awakes, he will see on each surrounding hillock one of these birds patiently watching him with an evil eye.

    The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America

  • These false eagles most rarely kill any living bird or animal; and their vulture-like, necrophagous habits are very evident to any one who has fallen asleep on the desolate plains of

    The Voyage of the Beagle

  • These false eagles most rarely kill any living bird or animal; and their vulture-like, necrophagous habits are very evident to any one who has fallen asleep on the desolate plains of Patagonia, for when he wakes, he will see, on each surrounding hillock, one of these birds patiently watching him with an evil eye: it is a feature in the landscape of these countries, which will be recognised by every one who has wandered over them.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

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