scatophage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin scatophagus, from Ancient Greek σκατοφάγος (skatophágos), from σκατο- (skato-, shit) and φάγος (phágos, eater; glutton), from φᾰγεῖν (phageîn, to eat) + -ος (-os, -er, forming agent nouns). Equivalent to scato- +‎ -phage. In particular reference to dungflies, an anglicization of their genus Scatophaga.

Noun[edit]

scatophage (plural scatophages)

  1. (usually zoology) A shit-eater: a human or animal that consumes excrement.
    Synonyms: coprophage
  2. (zoology) A dungfly.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • "scatophage, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin scatophagus, from Ancient Greek σκατοφάγος (skatophágos). Equivalent to scato- +‎ -phage.

Adjective[edit]

scatophage (plural scatophages)

  1. Scatophagous: typified by consumption of excrement.
    Synonyms: coprophage

Noun[edit]

scatophage m, f (plural scatophages)

  1. A scatophage: a human or animal that consumes excrement.
    Synonyms: coprophage