[ awr-jer, ‐dyoo r ]
/ ˈɔr dʒər, ‐dyʊər /


dung; manure; excrement.

Origin of ordure

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to ord filthy (< Latin horridus horrid) + -ure -ure
Related formsor·dur·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ordurous


/ (ˈɔːdjʊə) /


excrement; dung
something regarded as being morally offensive

Word Origin for ordure

C14: via Old French, from ord dirty, from Latin horridus shaggy
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Word Origin and History for ordurous



late 14c., from Old French ordure "filth, uncleanliness" (12c.), from ord, ort "filthy, dirty, foul," from Latin horridus "dreadful" (see horrid).

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