detritivore

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Earthworms, such as this Lumbricus terrestris, are detritivores

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From German Detritivore, from Latin dētrītus (the act of rubbing away) (from dēterō (to rub away, to rub off, to wear out), from dē- (away; down) + terō (to rub; to wear away, to wear out), from Proto-Indo-European *terh₁- (to rub, to rub by twisting; to twist, to turn)) + Latin vorāre (from vorō (to devour, to eat greedily; to swallow up), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷerh₃- (to devour)).

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detritivore (plural detritivores)

  1. (ecology) An organism that feeds on detritus; a saprophage.

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detritivore

  1. feminine plural of detritivoro