feeding on the dead

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • Necrophagous — Ne*croph a*gous, a. [Gr. ? eating corpses; nekro s a dead body + ? to eat: cf. F. n[ e]crophage.] (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the {Necrophaga}; eating carrion. See {Necrophagan}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • necrophagous — nə̇ˈkräfəgəsˌ neˈ adjective Etymology: Greek nekrophagos, from nekr necr + phagos phagous : feeding on corpses or carrion necrophagous savages necrophagous insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • necrophagous — adjective Date: 1835 feeding on corpses or carrion < necrophagous insects > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • necrophagous — ne·croph·a·gous (nə krŏfʹə gəs, nĕ ) adj. Feeding on carrion or corpses: necrophagous organisms. * * * …   Universalium

  • necrophagous — adjective /nɛˈkɹɒf.ə.ɡəs,nɛˈkɹɑ.fə.ɡəs/ That eats dead or decaying animal flesh. The body had been consumed by necrophagous insects. See Also: necrophage, necrophagy …   Wiktionary

  • necrophagous — adj. [Gr. nekros, corpse; phagein, to eat] Feeding upon decaying flesh …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • necrophagous — 1. Living on carrion. 2. SYN: necrophilous. [necro + G. phago, to eat] * * * ne·croph·a·gous (nə krofґə gəs) [necro + phag + ous] devouring or subsisting on dead bodies …   Medical dictionary

  • necrophagous — ne krÉ‘fÉ™gÉ™s / krÉ’ adj. feeding on dead tissue, feeding on carcasses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • necrophagous — ne·croph·a·gous …   English syllables

  • necrophagous —   a. feeding on dead bodies …   Dictionary of difficult words

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