noun (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British.

Related formsfae·cal [fee-kuh l] /ˈfi kəl/, adjective
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esp US fecal


of, relating to, or consisting of faeces


esp US feces

pl n

bodily waste matter derived from ingested food and the secretions of the intestines and discharged through the anus

Word Origin for faeces

C15: from Latin faecēs, plural of faex sediment, dregs
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Word Origin and History for faecal



see feces.

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