fecula

[ fek-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈfɛk yə lə /

noun, plural fec·u·lae [fek-yuh-lee] /ˈfɛk yəˌli/.

fecal matter, especially of insects.
foul or muddy matter; dregs.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for fecula

fecula
/ (ˈfɛkjʊlə) /

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)

starch obtained by washing the crushed parts of plants, such as the potato
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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