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[muh-noo r, -nyoo r]
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  1. excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
  2. any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
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verb (used with object), ma·nured, ma·nur·ing.
  1. to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.
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Origin of manure

1350–1400; Middle English manouren to till, cultivate < Middle French manouvrer to do manual work. See maneuver
Related formsma·nur·er, nounma·nu·ri·al, adjectivema·nu·ri·al·ly, adverbwell-ma·nured, adjective
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Related Words for manure

excrement, compost, droppings, dung, mulch, maul, guano

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British Dictionary definitions for manure


  1. animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
  2. mainly British any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
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  1. (tr) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
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Derived Formsmanurer, noun

Word Origin for manure

C14: from Medieval Latin manuopera; manual work; see manoeuvre
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Word Origin and History for manure


c.1400, "to cultivate land," also "to hold property," from Anglo-French meynoverer, Old French manouvrer "to work with the hands, cultivate; carry out; make, produce," from Medieval Latin manuoperare (see maneuver (n.)). Sense of "work the earth" led to "put dung on the soil" (1590s) and to the current noun meaning "dung spread as fertilizer," which is first attested 1540s. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a figurative sense of "to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers."

It is ... his own painfull study ... that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts. [Milton, 1641]

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"dung or compost used as fertilizer," 1540s, see manure (v.).

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