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coprophagy

Line breaks: cop|roph|agy
Pronunciation: /kɒˈprɒfədʒi
 
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(also coprophagia /ˌkɒprə(ʊ)ˈfeɪdʒɪə/)

Definition of coprophagy in English:

noun

[mass noun] Zoology
The eating of faeces or dung.
Example sentences
  • Some animals have overcome this deficiency by consuming the faeces or cecal content containing the microbes using a strategy termed coprophagy or cecotrophy respectively.
  • It is interesting to note that non-human animals do just this, by indulging in coprophagy when their internal ecology has been disturbed.
  • Yes, they indulge in coprophagy or, more bluntly, poo-eating.

Derivatives

coprophagic

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adjective
Example sentences
  • While not exactly treatment, it is possible that the dog will stop being coprophagic as it ages.
  • Punishing or scolding a dog for being dirty, by the owner or breeder, may lead to a coprophagic behaviour.
  • Health risks to humans from being licked in the face by a coprophagic animal are minimal.

coprophagous

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Pronunciation: /kɒˈprɒfəɡəs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Larvae of this species are coprophagous, meaning they feed on the dung of large mammals, which they thereby decompose, together with many other species of primarily earthworms, beetles and flies.
  • At least some species are known to be coprophagous, reingesting special feces voided from the cecum
  • If people were coprophagous in pre-history, what archeological evidence would there be, if any?

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