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feculent

[ fek-yuh-luh nt ]
/ ˈfɛk yə lənt /
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adjective

full of dregs or fecal matter; foul, turbid, or muddy.

RELATED WORDS

dung, excrement, soil, muck, mud, stain, ground, smut, grime, slime, ordure, excreta, filth, tarnish, squalor, dregs, uncleanness, filthiness, grubbiness, foulness

Nearby words

feck, fecking, feckless, fecklessly, fecula, feculent, fecund, fecundate, fecundation, fecundatory, fecundity

Origin of feculent

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin faeculentus full of dregs. See feces, -ulent
Related formsfec·u·lence, noun
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Examples from the Web for feculence

  • According to present usage, the word is more generally applied to the feculence deposited from the juice of the wild cucumber.

    Cooley's Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades..., Sixth Edition, Volume I|Arnold Cooley
  • It is not amiss that some feculence lie thick upon the Ale, and work not all out; for that will keep in the spirits.

British Dictionary definitions for feculence

feculent

/ (ˈfɛkjʊlənt) /

adjective

filthy, scummy, muddy, or foul
of the nature of or containing waste matter
Derived Formsfeculence, noun

Word Origin for feculent

C15: from Latin faeculentus; see faeces
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Word Origin and History for feculence

feculent


adj.

late 15c., from Middle French féculent, from Latin faeculentus "abounding in dregs," from stem faec- (see feces). Related: Feculence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for feculence

feculent

[ fĕkyə-lənt ]

adj.

Full of foul or impure matter; fecal.
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