from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeding on decaying organic matter.
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- adj. Feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Feeding on carrion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Feeding on putrid matter; habitually eating decaying substances; specifically, of or pertaining to the Saprophaga.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
The wide range of trophic resources consumed by Geotrupidae dung beetles and the generally accepted saprophagous habits of the Scarabaeoidea ancestors suggest that the consumption of acorns constitutes a faculty that takes advantage of previous morphological adaptations.