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ordure

[awr-jer, ‐dyoo r] /ˈɔr dʒər, ‐dyʊər/
noun
1.
dung; manure; excrement.
Origin of ordure
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to ord filthy (< Latin horridus horrid) + -ure -ure
Related forms
ordurous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ordure
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  • Unionism and order: Separatism and ordure—that is about the sum.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But I have certain sensitive places in my soul: I do not like that word "ordure."

    How He Lied to Her Husband George Bernard Shaw
  • The nobility had died, the aristocracy had marched to imbecility or ordure!

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The students laugh at him and make him tipsy; the street boys pelt him with ordure; the better cafes turn him from their doors.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • ordure palpable and abominable was plentiful, and the swollen carcasses of small animals exhaled their biting wafts.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • Fox was at various times thrust into dungeons filled ankle-deep with ordure, and was shot at, beaten with stones and clubs, etc.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • Both strayed off upon the180 plain to gather the taquia, or ordure of the cattle, though no cattle were in sight.

  • The Anthidia have shown us how, in their cotton-wool wallets, they manufacture a sort of jewellery with their ordure.

  • Under its thick mantle of ordure the grub of the Lily-beetle escapes the troubles so fatal to its cousin of the asparagus.

  • Mr. Vincent tells me that they have a horror of cattle, and will not touch the ordure, or other products of the cow.

British Dictionary definitions for ordure

ordure

/ˈɔːdjʊə/
noun
1.
excrement; dung
2.
something regarded as being morally offensive
Word Origin
C14: via Old French, from ord dirty, from Latin horridus shaggy
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Word Origin and History for ordure
n.

late 14c., from Old French ordure "filth, uncleanliness" (12c.), from ord, ort "filthy, dirty, foul," from Latin horridus "dreadful" (see horrid).

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