merdivorous

\(|)mər|divərəs\ adjective
Etymology: Latin merda excrement + English -i- + -vorous

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/meuhr div"euhr euhs/, adj.
coprophagous.
[1855-60; < L merd(a) dung + -I- + -VOROUS]

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merdivorous /mûr-divˈə-rəs/
adjective
(of an insect) dung-eating
ORIGIN: L merda dung, and vorāre to devour

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merdivorous, a. rare—0.
(məˈdɪvərəs)
[f. mod.L. merdivor-us (f. merda merd + -vorus eating) + -ous.]
Feeding on dung (said of insects).
in Mayne Expos. Lex.; and in mod. Dicts.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • merdivorous — One who eats excrement …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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