di·​gest·​er | \ dī-ˈje-stər How to pronounce digester (audio) , də-\

Definition of digester

1 : one that digests or makes a digest
2 : a vessel for digesting especially plant or animal materials

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Regenis, a tenant of the port that operates the manure digester, could not be reached for comment. oregonlive.com, "Manure spill splashes 300,000 gallons near Tillamook Bay," 23 July 2019 The digester diverted 500 tons of herbivore waste and food scraps from a landfill and converted it into energy and compost. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The Detroit Zoo plans to be entirely powered by renewable energy by 2021," 24 Aug. 2019 Thanks to an anaerobic digester (turning waste into energy), there isn't even a trash can. Tabitha Joyce, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why the World's Best Chefs Care About Trash," 23 Aug. 2019 The manure had been held in an anaerobic digester tank, which began operating at the port in 2013. oregonlive.com, "Massive manure spill near Tillamook Bay poses no health risk, state says," 25 July 2019 The digester breaks down excrement from area dairy cows into biogas that can be used for electricity and fertilizer for farms and agriculture. oregonlive.com, "Massive manure spill near Tillamook Bay poses no health risk, state says," 25 July 2019 Part of that is an organic waste digester that sits in the corner of the kitchen, but oyster shells cannot be processed. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Eat Oysters in New York City to Help Clean Up the City’s Waterways," 20 July 2019 The waste is then composted at an anaerobic digester, which creates renewable energy from the process, Williams said. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "Eco-conscious apartment dwellers: You too can compost, experts say," 5 July 2019 Blumenthal will meet with leadership from Connecticut’s first and only anaerobic digester facility to discuss the company’s work in promoting clean energy. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington plant turns food waste to energy, owners say there’s lot of expansion room," 17 June 2019

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1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of digester

1 : one that digests
2 : a medicine or an article of food that aids digestion
3 also digestor : a vessel or apparatus for digesting

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