cesspit

noun
cess·​pit | \ ˈses-ˌpit How to pronounce cesspit (audio) \

Definition of cesspit

: a pit for the disposal of refuse (such as sewage)

Examples of cesspit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Ars Technica, the Jerusalem samples came from a cesspit that held the contents of at least two households’ toilets; the Riga samples were from a public latrine used by many people. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Mine Medieval Toilets for Traces of Gut Microbiomes," 8 Oct. 2020 The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, examined a 14th-century cesspit in Riga and a 15th-century one in Jerusalem. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Mine Medieval Toilets for Traces of Gut Microbiomes," 8 Oct. 2020 In Jerusalem, the samples came from the bottom of a cesspit that had once drained the toilets of at least two households in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists delved into medieval cesspits to study old gut microbiomes," 6 Oct. 2020 Material from the cesspit radiocarbon dated to the 1400s, but Sabin and her colleagues aren’t sure how many people used it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists delved into medieval cesspits to study old gut microbiomes," 6 Oct. 2020 Archaeologists think the cesspit was part of the Chester Inn, a 15th-century mansion that once stood where the Somerset House, which houses the Courtauld, stands today. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Trove of Medieval Artifacts in London Cesspit," 28 Jan. 2020 Excavations at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London have revealed a nearly 15-foot-deep cesspit littered with roughly one hundred artifacts dating to the 14th and 15th centuries. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Trove of Medieval Artifacts in London Cesspit," 28 Jan. 2020 In Snow’s day, excrement was often stored in cesspits, little more than basements, or sometimes in storage tanks outside. Deirdre Mask, Time, "How the ‘Father of Epidemiology’ Made the Connection Between Disease and Geography," 14 Apr. 2020 The commission cleaned out latrines and cesspits, flushed out sewers and removed a dead horse that was polluting the water supply. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of cesspit

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cesspit

cesspool + pit

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27 Feb 2021

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“Cesspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesspit. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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