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coprolite
iatrogenic
misoneism
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coprolite
A coprolite of a carnivorous dinosaur, found in Saskatchewan, Canada. (actual size: about 1 foot)
(Photo: US Geological Survey)

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coprolite

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOP-ruh-lyte)

MEANING:
noun: Fossilized excrement.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek kopro- (dung) + -lite (stone), from lithos (stone).

USAGE:
"Visitors to the centre can see genuine mineralised Viking excrement on permanent display. The coprolite was discovered in 1972."
Unusual 'Display'; Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph (UK); Jun 19, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -Norman Douglas, novelist (1868-1952)

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