Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for feces on Thesaurus.com noun ( used with a plural verb) waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement. dregs; sediment.
, especially British fae·ces. Origin of feces 1425–75; late Middle English < Latin faecēs grounds, dregs, sediment (plural of faex)
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Word Origin and History for feces n.
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.
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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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Excrement; the waste material that is passed to the outside from the
rectum through the anus.
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