- insect excrement.
Origin of frass
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Generally underneath the tree will be found the frass, or ejectamenta, of the caterpillar.The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
- excrement or other refuse left by insects and insect larvae
Word Origin for frass
C19: from German, from fressen to devour
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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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