Saprophagan

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Saprophagan (Zoöl) One of a tribe of beetles which feed upon decaying animal and vegetable substances; a carrion beetle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saprophagan A member of the Saprophaga.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saprophagan one of the saprophagous beetles
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. sapro`s rotten + fagei^n to eat: cf. F. saprophage,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sapros, rotten, phagein, to eat.