night soil


Definition of night soil

: human feces used especially for fertilizing the soil

Examples of night soil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The night soil temperatures are not ideal to put them out yet. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 For millennia, people collected these precious substances—often in the wee hours, giving rise to the term night soil—and used them to grow food. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of night soil

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Night soil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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