scatology

noun

sca·​tol·​o·​gy ska-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce scatology (audio)
skə-
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)
scatological adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His mind swirled with scatology and characters from pulp fiction and the cinema. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 But the show’s linguistic ingenuity extends well beyond scatology. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scatology was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Scatology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scatology. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

scatology

noun

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