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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What’s worse than having to clean urine and excrement off the floor (hopefully only the floor) of your own house? Helene Rubinstein, Popular Mechanics, "How to Housebreak a Puppy," 30 Nov. 2018 Some of the latrines are piled high with fly-riddled excrement, which seeps out the sides during downpours. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 At the Central Library alone, the bills for cleaning up human urine and excrement outside the building are substantial, said library director Rivkah Sass. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people lack bathrooms in Sacramento. Here's where they may get new facilities," 3 July 2018 These massive flocks played an important ecological role, breaking branches to allow sunlight to rejuvenate forests and enriching the soil with their excrement. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 From February to the start of July, the museum put the extracted excrement on exhibit, describing it as something like the picture of Dorian Gray but for society: the dark, disgusting side of ourselves. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of excrement

formal : solid waste passed out of the body


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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