excrement

noun
ex·​cre·​ment | \ˈek-skrə-mənt \

Definition of excrement 

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

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Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl \ adjective
excrementitious \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˌmen-​ˈti-​shəs , -​mən-​ \ adjective

Examples of excrement in a Sentence

an ordinance that requires dog walkers to remove their animal's excrement from city streets

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At the beginning of the last century the region was known for rampant poverty, a place where farmers used human excrement as fertilizer. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 When the scooters entered, people were putting excrement on them. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Uber will win the scooter wars," 6 Aug. 2018 During bountiful summers, trees adjacent to wetlands often flood, dropping fruit that fish happily swallow, then pass through their excrement. Adam Popescu, National Geographic, "These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them," 12 June 2018 Tucked in the mail one recent day was a letter packed with excrement. Griffe Witte, chicagotribune.com, "Once-fringe Soros conspiracy theory takes center stage in Hungarian election," 18 Mar. 2018 On the sidelines waits the mop-haired Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who profanely disparaged May's Brexit plans as a big pile of excrement before agreeing to support her. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Theresa May's government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 On the sidelines waits the mop-haired Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who profanely disparaged May’s Brexit plans as a big pile of excrement before agreeing to support her. William Booth And Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Theresa May’s government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 Two wine barrels filled with human excrement, sand and gravel fragments, animal bones and an array of Renaissance-era rubbish have enabled Danish archaeologists to map the dietary and hygienic habits of a 17th-century Copenhagen neighborhood. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 The webworms are gone and only pellets of excrement remain in the web. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Be wary of the 'bathtub effect'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of excrement

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excrement

Latin excrementum, from excernere

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excrement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excrement

: solid waste passed out of the body

excrement

noun
ex·​cre·​ment | \ˈek-skrə-mənt \

Medical Definition of excrement 

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈment-​ᵊl \ adjective
excrementitious \ -​ˌmen-​ˈtish-​əs \ adjective

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