One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Waste matter discharged from the bowels; faeces.
faeces, excreta, stools, droppingsView synonyms
- ‘Smashed windows allowed in the pigeons, whose urine and excrement was untouched for years.’
- ‘The disease can also be transmitted through contact with body secretions and excrement from infected animals.’
- ‘One of the monkeys starts screeching, voids his bowels and flings his excrement at another monkey.’
- ‘I couldn't help but giggle when they hit a sewage line and became covered in raw excrement.’
- ‘The squatters are living amid human and animal excrement and filth.’
- ‘Damage included excrement in a tea pot, broken prizeboards, smashed clocks and graffiti-covered walls.’
- ‘A prosecution will be brought if a warden witnesses a person in control of a dog who allows the pet to foul and who does not pick up the resulting excrement.’
- ‘The sight sickened her, as the smell reached her nostrils - decay, excrement and urine.’
- ‘Seventeen animals were found surrounded by excrement and urine.’
- ‘The researchers took eastern box turtles captive for a day and identified seeds in their excrement.’
- ‘Urine and excrement had spilled into the corridors where they were sleeping.’
- ‘Feathers of infested birds are discolored by mite excrement and eggs, and the skin is scabby.’
- ‘The ugly parts were the rampant filth, waste, and excrement in nearly every corner of the town.’
- ‘The disease can spread on contact with body fluids such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.’
- ‘The stench of waste and excrement fermenting in the sewers assailed his scent.’
- ‘Some would casually pour daily household garbage, even excrement and urine, into the creek.’
- ‘They were covered in excrement and standing in three-feet of manure with no bedding.’
- ‘Only on the train home did the interviewer realise that he had tracked dog excrement across their immaculate white carpets.’
- ‘But that just means our parks are now full of special bins containing flimsy plastic bags packed with excrement.’
- ‘Urine constitutes the bulk of human excrement and also contains most of the nutrients.’
Mid 16th century: from French excrément or Latin excrementum, from excernere ‘to sift out’ (see excrete).
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