excrement

noun
ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

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Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce excrement (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˌmen-​ˈti-​shəs How to pronounce excrement (audio) , -​mən-​ \ adjective

Examples of excrement in a Sentence

an ordinance that requires dog walkers to remove their animal's excrement from city streets
Recent Examples on the Web Not only do insects produce less waste, their excrement, called frass, is an excellent fertilizer and soil amender. Aryn Baker, Time, "They're Healthy. They're Sustainable. So Why Don't Humans Eat More Bugs?," 26 Feb. 2021 Experts believe this detail may help explain why some pups are now blue through-and-through — including their excrement, according to vets. Fox News, "Dogs are mysteriously turning blue and pink in Russian city," 23 Feb. 2021 With 1,250 unique species of sea cucumbers in the ocean, all of that excess excrement adds up, and seems to play a significant role in coral reef ecosystems' health, according to a new study published last week in Coral Reefs. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sea Cucumber Poop Could Revitalize Coral Reefs," 8 Feb. 2021 While this amount of poop seems enormous, sea cucumbers and their excrement are vital for healthy coral reefs. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sea Cucumber Poop Could Revitalize Coral Reefs," 8 Feb. 2021 By Your Name, in which one man massages the excrement fromhis lover’s bowels. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "The Best Sex Melissa Broder Has Ever Read," 2 Feb. 2021 At Chico State, which is developing its own aquaponics program, excrement from koi and bass provides the nutrients for the plants, which are housed in a greenhouse. Los Angeles Times, "Growing food without dirt? Yes, you should try it at home," 21 Jan. 2021 Another sensor, designed and built by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, will sample DNA shed from the skin, mucus, and excrement of sea animals. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage," 18 Jan. 2021 Other bacteria were typical of insect microbiomes and may have been introduced long ago by flies depositing excrement on the drawings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of excrement was in 1533

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4 Mar 2021

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“Excrement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excrement. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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excrement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excrement

formal : solid waste passed out of the body

excrement

noun
ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Medical Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce excrement (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ -​ˌmen-​ˈtish-​əs How to pronounce excrement (audio) \ adjective

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