excrement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n excrement waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 500,000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris
    • n Excrement An excrescence or appendage; an outgrowth. "Ornamental excrements .""Living creatures put forth (after their period of growth) nothing that is young but hair and nails, which are excrements and no parts."
    • n Excrement Matter excreted and ejected; that which is excreted or cast out of the animal body by any of the natural emunctories; especially, alvine, discharges; dung; ordure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scatologists are experts who study feces. (aka. crap, dung, dookie, dumps, feces, excrement, etc.)
    • n excrement Any matter eliminated as useless from the living body; specifically, the feces.
    • n excrement Anything growing naturally on the living body, as hair, nails, feathers, etc.; an outgrowth or natural excrescence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement."
    • n Excrement eks′kre-ment useless matter discharged from the animal system: dung
    • ns Excrement an outgrowth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excrementum, fr. excernere, excretum, to skin out, discharge: cf. F. excrément,. See Excrete
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—excrescĕreex, out, crescĕre, to grow.

Usage

In literature:

The excrement was fetid, black, and hard.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
In the deserts of Arabia, where the heat is excessive, they never drink any, and commonly live on excrement.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
Diamonds are often found on the mountains, mingled with the excrement of the eagles.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Happy the land where natural grottoes are found full of the excrements of birds!
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
When an open trench is used as a sink, each individual must always cover his excrement with dirt.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The average weight of the excrement daily was from 3-1/2 to five ounces.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The amount of straw necessary to absorb this amount of excrement may be stated at from 4 to 6 lb.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
I wanted to see him start, to watch him lay the first course of his excremental masonry.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Generally the condition becomes known through the passage in the excrement of small sections of the worm.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
The flies are immediately attracted to human excrement and breed freely in it when opportunity offers.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
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In poetry:

'A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.'
"Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop" by William Butler Yeats
There hath Love found out his life,
Peace without all thought of strife;
Kindness in Discretion's care;
Truth, that clearly doth declare
Faith doth in true fancy prove,
Lust the excrements of Love.
"Love" by Nicholas Breton

In news:

He told the Austin American-Stateman (bit.ly/PdtSWf), for a story Sunday, that a spike in aphids and their excrement is probably related to July rains that contributed to unusual new leaf growth.
Human excrement , asbestos, dead flies and billions in lost tax revenues.
SPITTLE, EXCREMENT, menstrual blood, the smell of rotting meat.
There is much to be disgusted about in today's political climate for members of both parties, with the equivalent of rancid meat, human excrement, and animal innards everywhere.
A nudist performance artist and an excremental illustrator are among contenders for British art's influential and contentious Turner Prize.
LONDON (AP) — A nudist performance artist and an excremental illustrator are among contenders for British art's influential and contentious Turner Prize.
Animal excrement smeared on hood of student's car.
Lee County detectives are investigating a case of criminal mischief that left a woman's car smeared with animal excrement in an Estero parking lot.
Ohio Citizen Action has a big and dirty state to patrol for industrial excrement, right near the bottom in nationwide water- and air-quality rankings.
Once lush grazing land, the Azawak valley in western Niger now consists of mostly sand, thorns and animal excrement.
So what happens to the baby's excrement.
Bird excrement creates pungent odor.
An Excrement Expert's Manure Manifesto: Gene Logsdon's 'Holy Shit .
You look around the dark street for the stray dog that's rolled in dead skunk then topped off the treatment with a wallow in fresh excrement.
It's an idea that has been suggested in a recent report that tested for stress hormones in orangutan excrement.
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