la·​trine | \ lə-ˈtrēn How to pronounce latrine (audio) \

Definition of latrine

1 : a receptacle (such as a pit in the earth) for use as a toilet

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Recent Examples on the Web Though the autopsy found that the newborn had died from sudden complications during birth, the court concluded — with no evidence — that he had been asphyxiated from feces in the latrine. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 The two-story yurt, set at an elevation of 5,000 feet, is stocked with firewood and has a boot-drying rack and a treehouse latrine. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 The blast blew the roof off his home and incinerated his outhouse, leaving nothing but a roll of toilet paper sitting in a pile of dust near the hole for the latrine. New York Times, 7 May 2022 Only here would an ancient latrine seize the imaginations of millions. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 The squares have been placed at the galley table where the crew eats, across from the latrine, a workstation and two different science stations, as well as a place chosen by the crew. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Most cattle roam their pastures peeing with abandon, but scientists have now trained calves to use a special latrine called MooLoo. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 27 Dec. 2021 The process was a bit more complicated than analyzing sediments collected from, say, an ancient latrine, in which parasite eggs have been found in past studies. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 This test will focus on the galley table, workstation, payload rack and a wall near the latrine and a section of the laboratory module, Destiny. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of latrine

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for latrine

French, from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina, from lavare to wash — more at lye

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“Latrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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