manure

verb
ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce manure (audio) , -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

manure

noun

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

Verb

manurer noun

Noun

manurial \ mə-​ˈn(y)u̇r-​ē-​əl How to pronounce manurial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of manure in a Sentence

Noun a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At Heligan, the soil was manured, aerated, and assiduously double dug for centuries; plants must have been queuing at the gates. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "The Stunning Grounds, and Tragic History, of the Lost Gardens of Heligan," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This could be from something being sprayed or applied to control broadleaf weeds or possibly from manure that was applied to the area that had chemical contaminants. oregonlive, "Forgotten compost bin likely high in nutrients: Ask an expert," 20 May 2020 Spray manure compost tea, seaweed, molasses and vinegar (Garrett Juice Formula) from time to time. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Pretty harlequin bug is the foe that is actually a gardener’s friend," 18 May 2020 The sweet, smelly medley of hay, dirt and manure drifting from the barn. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "With County Fairs Off, Children Show Their Cows and Sheep Virtually," 13 May 2020 Because of this, the tunnel smells peculiar and fetid, like a malodorous cheese (think Stilton or Limburger) but with an earthy finish and notes of sweaty socks and horse manure. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 Maybe now is not a good time to crank up your riding tractor or spread that odorous cow manure in your garden. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "6 Rules of Yard Etiquette That Southern Neighbors Always Appreciate," 17 Apr. 2020 Because of this, the tunnel smells peculiar and fetid, like a malodorous cheese (think Stilton or Limburger) but with an earthy finish and notes of sweaty socks and horse manure. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 Because of this, the tunnel smells peculiar and fetid, like a malodorous cheese (think Stilton or Limburger) but with an earthy finish and notes of sweaty socks and horse manure. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 Instead, on most farms it’s diverted into big lagoons used to store liquid manure. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "No one wants to dump milk. Here’s why it’s happening anyway.," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of manure

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manure

Verb

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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The first known use of manure was in the 15th century

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“Manure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manure. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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manure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manure

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

manure

noun
ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce manure (audio) , -ˈnyu̇r \

Kids Definition of manure

: material (as animal wastes) used to fertilize land

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