- fecal matter, especially of insects.
- foul or muddy matter; dregs.
Origin of fecula
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It is this fecula which serves for making the rouge employed by ladies.
A great deal of the foreign extract is mixed with fecula, or the pulp of plums, hence its inferior quality.
There are three main methods of saccharifying the fecula or starch of the potato.
Thus the fecula or starch is set at liberty and free to be acted on by the yeast used in fermenting.
For a mashing tub of say about 32 bushels capacity, the fecula from about 800 lbs.
- starch obtained by washing the crushed parts of plants, such as the potato
- faecal material, esp of insects
C17: from Latin: burnt tartar, appearing as a crust in wine, from faex sediment
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