ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r, -ˈn(y)ü-ər\
manured; manuring

Definition of manure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : cultivate
2 : to enrich (land) by the application of manure



Definition of manure (Entry 2 of 2)

: material that fertilizes land especially : refuse of stables and barnyards consisting of livestock excreta with or without litter

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Other Words from manure


manurer noun


manurial \ -​ˈn(y)u̇r-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Examples of manure in a Sentence


a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures

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Nitrogen-rich materials include succulent, green plant parts, such as tomato stalks, vegetable waste from the kitchen, and grass clippings, as well as manures. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018 Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store manure in huge lagoons. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas," 12 Sep. 2018 Prepare a planting bed for your asparagus, like this simple raised bed, that's about 4 feet wide by removing all perennial weeds and roots and digging in plenty of aged manure or compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 CAFOs typically house 1,000 cows or more and have come under fire over their odors and manure’s potential impact to pollute groundwater and streams. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms," 6 July 2018 According to its permit request, the company would blend the feedlot's manure with wood chips and stored in a warehouse to be processed into marketable fertilizer. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Missouri approves permit to expand cattle feedlot by Powell Gardens; appeal expected," 15 June 2018 Federal and local officials have been monitoring the environmental implications of the excessive flooding, especially at the several open-air manure pits and coal ash landfills that were breached by flood waters. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Florence dropped an estimated 8 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina," 18 Sep. 2018 North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms," 17 Sep. 2018 After tracing illnesses to the North Carolina farm, federal inspectors found dozens of rodents—alive and dead—in the farm’s poultry houses, including in manure pits and on bird platforms. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Farm Linked to Egg Recall Had Rodent Problems, Report Finds," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manure


Middle English manouren, from Anglo-French mainouverer, meinourer to till (land), construct, create, from Medieval Latin manu operare to perform manual labor, from Latin manu by hand + operari to work — more at operate

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English Language Learners Definition of manure

: solid waste from farm animals that is used to make soil better for growing plants


ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r\

Kids Definition of manure

: material (as animal wastes) used to fertilize land

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