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