ordure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ordure solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ordure Defect; imperfection; fault.
    • Ordure Dung; excrement; fæces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ordure Dung; excrement; feces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ordure or′dūr dirt: dung: excrement: also fig. anything unclean
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ordure, OF. ord, filthy, foul, fr. L. horridus, horrid. See Horrid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—O. Fr. ord, foul—L. horridus, rough.

Usage

In literature:

Bourke also cites instances in which human ordure was eaten by East Indian fanatics.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
He had a weekly allowance, from the society, of a vessel filled with human ordure, about the bigness of a Bristol barrel.
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
They would fain, said he, be at the chewing of ordure, that would eat the case wherein it was.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
But more philosophically it is to make ordure with one's teeth.
"Droll Stories, Volume 1" by Honore de Balzac
They have recourse therefore to pigeons' dung and ordure, which fully answer their expectations.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
A faint marshlight struggling upwards from all the ordure through the bristling grey-green weeds.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
They would fain, said he, be at the chewing of ordure, that would eat the case wherein it was.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Dead bodies quickly putrefy and smell badly; they are thus equated, subconsciously, with ordure and must be buried.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
To offer ordure to an epicure!
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Ordure palpable and abominable was plentiful, and the swollen carcasses of small animals exhaled their biting wafts.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
Dirt and gravel had been scattered out on to the ice, and its ordure lay about.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Kwita'koli kiva Kwita, ordure; Ordure heap.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Ordure: excrement; usually applied to such as is foul or offensive.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
One is quite astonished to see so rich a gem load its basket with ordure.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
And Mire and Ordure are the Heav'n of Hogs.
"An Essay on Satire, Particularly on the Dunciad" by Walter Harte
In the country districts they still use ordure poultices for sprains of various kinds, and I have known doctors prescribe them.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Thou shalt eat for three hundred and ninety days ... thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt cover it with human ordure.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
All the ordures were so employed.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Some lay their eggs upon decaying wood, or upon the ordure of animals.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
And all his vile ordure is flung at my head.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
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In poetry:

Squat in the hollows
Of the hills,
There is an ordure
No wind kills.
"Blue Marl " by Norman MacLeod
PRIOR.
What is it to wanton with a Christ-cursed Jewess,
Defy thy father and pollute thy name,
And fling to the ordures thine immortal soul?
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus