noun, plural fec·u·lae [fek-yuh-lee] /ˈfɛk yəˌli/.
  1. fecal matter, especially of insects.
  2. foul or muddy matter; dregs.

Origin of fecula

< Latin faecula burnt tartar, dried lees of wine, equivalent to faec- (stem of faex; see feces) + -ula -ule
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noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. starch obtained by washing the crushed parts of plants, such as the potato
  2. faecal material, esp of insects

Word Origin for fecula

C17: from Latin: burnt tartar, appearing as a crust in wine, from faex sediment
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