One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Consisting of or resembling dung or faeces.
- ‘By the autumn of 1982, the stercoraceous material was about to collide with the oscillating cooling device.’
- ‘At a later stage, the continuance of all the above symptoms, and the appearance of stercoraceous vomiting, are positive evidence.’
- ‘Finally stercoraceous vomiting took place and death followed in two days.’
- ‘These conditions may be known by the vomiting of stercoraceous or faecal matter, and when this is observed, instant medical aid should be called for, as the condition is one of great danger, and requires intelligent treatment.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin stercus, stercor- ‘dung’ + -aceous.
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