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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Add at least 4 inches of organic matter, such as compost, sphagnum peat moss, rotted manure and/or composted finely ground pine bark., "Plant roses now: here's how to choose and properly plant roses," 17 Feb. 2018 So, many farmers stopped raising livestock for the manure and focused only on cash crops, like corn and soybeans, which go into many products. Emily Hopkins,, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 Spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus noted recent testing shows that Lost Valley's frequent wastewater and manure overruns have not impacted groundwater. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon officials say they plan to stop mega-dairy violations -- again," 17 May 2018 Phosphorus is primarily found in manure and fertilizer spread on the fields in spring, and is the primary source of algae-feeding nutrients to the lake's western basin. Laura Johnston,, "Rocky River headed to sailing nationals, first Ohio high school team in history," 7 May 2018 The digester converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste each year into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo's animal hospital. NBC News, "Zoo offering visitors buckets of 'Detroit Zoo Poo'," 5 Apr. 2018 Without a free pass to pollute, the carriage operators who had been leaving dead horses in the streets were at a disadvantage when a new technology came along that didn’t produce piles of manure and leave carcasses behind. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 In recent years, the sargassum has had more than its fair share of nitrogen, thriving on the fertilizer, livestock manure, human waste and sewage that seeps into the Gulf from the Mississippi River. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018 In Portland, Oregon, school buses took more than 3,500 Japanese-Americans to the livestock yards, with its black flies and smell of manure. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Celebrating Independence Day in America's detention camps – during World War II and now," 2 July 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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