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  1. insect excrement.
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Origin of frass

1850–55; orig., the refuse and excrement of boring or leaf-eating insects < German Frass insect damage, corrosion, noun from base of fressen to eat (of animals); see fress, fret1
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Historical Examples

  • Generally underneath the tree will be found the frass, or ejectamenta, of the caterpillar.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

British Dictionary definitions for frass


  1. excrement or other refuse left by insects and insect larvae
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Word Origin

C19: from German, from fressen to devour
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Word Origin and History for frass


insect excrement, 1854, from German frasz, from root of fressen "to devour, to eat as a beast does" (see fret (v.)).

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