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sewage

[soo-ij]
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noun
  1. the waste matter that passes through sewers.
Also sewerage.

Origin of sewage

1825–35; sew(er)1 (as if the ending was -er1) + -age
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sewage

noun
  1. waste matter from domestic or industrial establishments that is carried away in sewers or drains for dumping or conversion into a form that is not toxic

Word Origin

C19: back formation from sewer 1
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Word Origin and History for sewage

n.

1818, from sew (v.) "to drain, draw off water" (late 15c., from sewer (n.1)) + -age.

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