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night soil

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noun
  1. human excrement collected and used as fertilizer.
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Origin of night soil

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for night soil

Historical Examples

  • The manure sold under this name is a compound of night-soil with clay, charcoal, or gypsum, made into balls or cakes.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • A portion of night-soil, well incorporated with charcoal, is also very excellent.

    Parsons on the Rose

    Samuel Browne Parsons

  • Into this the night-soil is poured from carts built for the purpose, until the receptacle is about two-thirds full.

  • The night-soil is removed daily by the Cairo road authorities and converted into manure.


British Dictionary definitions for night soil

night soil

noun
  1. human excrement collected at night from cesspools, privies, etc, and sometimes used as a fertilizer
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