Meaning of decomposer in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊzə/


  • 1An organism, especially a soil bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material.

    ‘These organisms form the important class of decomposers within the food web, without which cellulose would continue to accumulate in the environment.’
    • ‘Once an organism has died, be it plant or animal, the phosphorus is returned directly to the soil by the action of decomposers such as bacteria and fungi.’
    • ‘Finally, decomposers are organisms such as bacteria and fungi that feed on the remains of dead plants and animals.’
    • ‘Invertebrates are essential elements of every ecosystem - hey fill niches as herbivores, carnivores, parasites, and decomposers.’
    • ‘The fungi are important decomposers and also exhibit a variety of interactions with living organisms.’
    1. 1.1A device or installation that is used to break down a chemical substance.