- excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
- any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
- to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.
Origin of manure
Examples from the Web for manure
Much of what they like to eat is stuff we throw out anyway: wood chips, manure and trash.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs
April 24, 2012
Also, Seoul will move to cut off its recent shipments of rice and manure to the North.The Next Korean War?
Leslie H. Gelb
November 23, 2010
Do not manure the ground for golden or variegated leaved shrubs.
Some use tobacco stems as a mulch about Asters instead of manure.
The odor of manure is no doubt pleasant to a farm laborer, but it is unpleasant to us.The Sexual Question
Claude had quite a liking for manure, since it symbolises the world and its life.The Fat and the Thin
It is found in well manured gardens and fields, or about manure piles.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
- mainly British any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
- (tr) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
Word Origin and History for manure
c.1400, "to cultivate land," also "to hold property," from Anglo-French meynoverer, Old French manouvrer "to work with the hands, cultivate; carry out; make, produce," from Medieval Latin manuoperare (see maneuver (n.)). Sense of "work the earth" led to "put dung on the soil" (1590s) and to the current noun meaning "dung spread as fertilizer," which is first attested 1540s. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a figurative sense of "to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers."
It is ... his own painfull study ... that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts. [Milton, 1641]
Related: Manured; manuring.
"dung or compost used as fertilizer," 1540s, see manure (v.).