- waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
- dregs; sediment.
Also especially British, fae·ces.
Origin of feces
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex)
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esp US feces
- 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
- the usual US spelling of faeces
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also faeces, c.1400, "dregs," from Latin faeces "sediment, dregs," plural of faex (genitive faecis) "grounds, sediment, lees, dregs," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "human excrement" is from 1630s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The matter that is discharged from the bowel during defecation; excrement.stercus
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- Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.
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