frass

noun
\ ˈfras How to pronounce frass (audio) \

Definition of frass

: debris or excrement produced by insects

Examples of frass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bamboo huts of the miners had crumbled to frass. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Hunting for particles of gold in the jungles of Southeast Asia," 24 June 2020 Borers are easy to distinguish from disease because the sap is mixed with frass (the debris and fecal matter left behind by boring insects). oregonlive, "Is bacterial canker damaging this plum tree? Ask an expert," 20 Dec. 2019 The plant also produces 3,500 tons of fatty acid oil and 16,500 tons of frass, or maggot droppings, which is used as fertilizer. BostonGlobe.com, "McDonald’s CEO steps down after relationship with employee," 4 Nov. 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 Besides holes, these pests can also leave behind shed pupae skins, webbing, and frass, insect excrement that looks like large grains of sand, according to pest management brand Woodstream. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths in Every Part of Your Home, According to Experts," 13 Mar. 2019 Look for large, black ants as well as the tell-tell sawdust-like debris, called frass. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 Look for large, black ants as well as the tell-tell sawdust-like debris, called frass. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 Look for large, black ants as well as the tell-tell sawdust-like debris, called frass. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of frass

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frass

German, insect damage, literally, eating away, from Old High German vrāz food, from frezzan to devour — more at fret

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“Frass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frass. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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