[awr-jer, ‐dyoo r]
- dung; manure; excrement.
Origin of ordure
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- excrement; dung
- something regarded as being morally offensive
C14: via Old French, from ord dirty, from Latin horridus shaggy
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Word Origin and History for ordurous
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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