scatology

noun
sca·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ska-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce scatology (audio) , skə- \

Definition of scatology

1 : interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature
2 : the biologically oriented study of excrement (as for taxonomic purposes or for the determination of diet)

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Other Words from scatology

scatological \ ˌska-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce scatology (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scatology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the show’s linguistic ingenuity extends well beyond scatology. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of scatology

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scatology

Greek skat-, skōr excrement; akin to Old English scearn dung, Latin muscerdae mouse droppings

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The first known use of scatology was in 1876

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31 Aug 2021

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“Scatology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scatology. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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scatology

noun
sca·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ska-ˈtäl-ə-jē, skə- How to pronounce scatology (audio) \
plural scatologies

Medical Definition of scatology

1 : interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature
2 : the biologically oriented study of excrement (as for taxonomic purposes or for the determination of diet)

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