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[fek-yuh-luh nt]
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  1. full of dregs or fecal matter; foul, turbid, or muddy.
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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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Related Words for feculence

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

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British Dictionary definitions for feculence


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

Word Origin for feculent

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



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

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feculence in Medicine


  1. Full of foul or impure matter; fecal.
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