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 excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˌmen-​ˈti-​shəs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) , -​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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The combination of Homer, his new pet pig, and a leaky silo full of excrement triggers a disaster that threatens not just Springfield but the world. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In some instances, the dogs had little room to maneuver around excrement and soiled themselves and blankets. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose animal shelter kept dogs and cats in dirty kennels," 3 Aug. 2019 Then the fear that I’d be hit with a spray of the excrement that with each strike of his foot on the mattress burst into tiny pieces. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 Many homeowners view them as ugly, flower-consuming, excrement-producing pests, while others see them as quirky, generally harmless additions to South Florida’s urban landscape. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida refuses to ban iguana sales, despite calling on landowners to kill them," 12 July 2019 One byproduct of the process is frass — the scientific term for bug excrement. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 At various intervals over the following 48 hours, the team collected 55 fecal samples, then tested this excrement for intact eggs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Swan Swallowed This Fish Egg, Pooped It Out—and Then 49 Days Later, It Hatched," 18 June 2019 Astronauts need to make sure their excrement hits a roughly dish-sized hole, which suctions it into a plastic bag. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You," 11 June 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

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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 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 excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ -​ˌmen-​ˈtish-​əs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) \ adjective

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to make a temporary encampment

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