detritivore(redirected from Detritivorous)
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An organism, such as a bacterium, fungus, or insect, that feeds on dead plant or animal matter.
[German Detritivor : Latin dētrītus, something worn away, detritus (from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment) + Latin -vorus, eating, feeding on; see -vorous.]