scato-, scat-, skato-, skat- +

(Greek: dung, feces, excrement, offal, fecal matter, manure, ordure)

1. Excrement; especially, of an animal; dung.
2. An animal fecal dropping.
scat, scat, scat, scat
scat (SKAT) (verb)
To insist that someone or an animal leave immediately and quickly: When Kristen saw the strange cat on her back porch, she told it to scat!
scat (SKAT) (noun)
A style of jazz singing that uses nonsense syllables to approximate the sound of a solo instrument: The singer used scat to improvise vocal sounds instead of words to go along with the melody of the clarinet that was being played by another member of the group.

Scat is said to have originated on the Hot Five song Heebie Jeebies when Louis Armstrong dropped his lyrics to sing in this new style.

scat, scats (SKAT, SKATS) (nouns)
Small tropical ocean fish, often kept in aquaria because of their bright colors; from Indian and Pacific oceans: Scat is a shortened term of modern Latin Scatophagidae from Greek scatophagos, "dung-eating"; because scats are known to frequent sewage outlets for their food consumption and they are scavengers, feeding on algae and feces, or scat.
scat (SKAT) (noun)
A fecal dropping of an animal; especially of a game animal: The veterinarian was examining the scat of the deer in an effort to find out what was making it and others sick.

While Stacey was listening to Louis Armstrong singing scat, she noticed that right after her cat left its scat in the litter box, it jumped up on the table where the scats were swimming in the aquarium and so she firmly told her cat to scat and to leave the fish alone.

A toxemic condition (poisonous substances present in the blood) caused by absorption of poisonous or harmful substances from the intestinal tract.
The use of obscene language and phraseology with sexual overtones.
1. A reference to the scientific study of excreta.
2. A descriptive term for the preoccupation or obsession with excrement, or with filth and obscenity.
1. Someone who studies fecal excrement; as in medicine, paleontology, or biology.
2. Anyone who has an obsession with excrement or excretory functions.
3. A reference to a person who resorts to obscene language or literature; especially, that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.
1. The study of fecal excrement or feces, as in medicine, paleontology, or biology.
2. The scientific study and analysis of the feces.
3. Interest in obscene things; especially, obscene literature and conversation.

Scatology derives from a Greek word meaning "dung knowledge" and is used in pathology to mean "diagnosis by a study of feces."

It is commonly applied today; such as, to obscene or bawdy literature, some radio "talk shows" and TV programs, films, and dramatic performances.

A mass of fecal matter in the colon resembling, on palpation, an abdominal tumor.

Palpation is a method of clinical examination using gentle pressure of the fingers to detect growths, changes in the size of underlying organs, and unusual tissue reactions to pressures.

The person who examines dung, or scat, for signs of what the future has to offer.
1. Divination by examining excrement or feces and determining one's future.
2. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling, of future events by the examination of feces; of humans and/or of animals.
A creature that eats dung or feces.
1. Dung flies; a family of small to large hirsute flies (Diptera) that feed mainly on dung.

Larvae phytophagous (plant eaters) or scatophagous (dung eaters), are often found in meadows.

2. Scats; a small family of Indo-Pacific coastal marine and brackish-water teleost (bony) fish (Perciformes) that feed mainly on bottom detritus and they are often abundant around sewage outfalls.
scatophagous, scatophagy
1. To eat fecal matter or dung; as done by dung beetles or their larvae, other insects, etc.
2. The eating of filth or excrement by some people who are suffering from insanity or mental illness.
An attraction to or a fondness for feces or dung.
scatophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An intense hatred of obscene or filthy language: Susan didn't want to have acquaintances who used indecent and offensive vocabulary on account of her having scatophobia, and choose friends that were modest and refined.
2. An excessive fear of being around excrement: Because Judy had scatophobia, she decided not to work on the farm because of her contact with the faeces of the animals.

Links to dung, feces, scato- words. Other "dung, feces, scarab, excrement" units: copro-, feco-, scarab, sterco-.

Pointing to a page about dung beetles and ecosystem of pastures Contributions of dung beetles to healthier grazing animals.

Pointing to a page about dung beetles and ecosystem of pastures Survival of dung beetles is vital to successful agriculture.