from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An organism that derives its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter.
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- n. An organism that lives off of dead or decaying organic material.
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- n. an organism that lives in and derives its nourishment from organic matter in stagnant or foul water
sapro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From prefix sapro-. (Wiktionary)