n. fossilized faeces.
   ♦ coprolith, n. hard mass of faecal matter.
   ♦ coprolitic, a.

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  • Coprolite — Cop ro*lite, n. [Gr. ko pros dung + lite.] (Paleon.) A piece of petrified dung; a fossil excrement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coprolite — fossil dung, 1829, from COPRO (Cf. copro ) + lite, from French, for lithe, from Gk. lithos stone …   Etymology dictionary

  • coprolite — [käp′rō līt΄, käp′rəlīt΄] n. [ COPRO + LITE] fossilized excrement of animals coprolitic [käp΄rōlit′ik, käp΄rəlit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Coprolite — A coprolite of a carnivorous dinosaur found in southwestern Saskatchewan. A coprolite is fossilized animal dung. Coprolites are classified as trace fossils as opposed to body fossils, as they give evidence for the animal s behaviour (in this case …   Wikipedia

  • coprolite — ● coprolithe ou coprolite nom masculin Excrément fossilisé. Fragment de matière fécale durcie et calcifiée prenant l aspect d un petit caillou …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • coprolite — noun Date: 1829 fossilized excrement • coprolitic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coprolite — coprolitic /kop reuh lit ik/, adj. /kop reuh luyt /, n. a stony mass consisting of fossilized fecal matter of animals. [1820 30; COPRO + LITE] * * * ▪ paleontology       the fossilized excrement of animals. The English geologist William Buckland… …   Universalium

  • coprolite — noun fossilized dung …   Wiktionary

  • coprolite —    The fossilized excrement of vertebrates such as fishes, reptiles, an mammals, larger than a fecal pellet, measuring up to 20 cm in length, characterized by an ovoid to elongate form, a surface marked by annular convolutions, and a brown or… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • coprolite — [ kɒprə(ʊ)lʌɪt] noun Palaeontology a piece of fossilized dung …   English new terms dictionary

  • coprolite — cop·ro·lite …   English syllables

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