from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Debris or excrement produced by insects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The droppings or excrement of insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The excrement of a larval insect.
Yes, caterpillar shit is called frass, and yes, it's derived from fressen.
(or more specifically called frass) coming out of them.
Over here, we are celebrating what chewed leaves, in this particular case, chewed tomato leaves, turn into: frass, that is, insect shit.
As one of the elite group of people who know the meaning of 'frass', my husband just about died laughing at the scene in the movieSideways where our two heros drive into the all-smoke-no-fire vineyard 'Frass Canyon'.
But in those two classes, no one ever mentioned the word "frass".
I've been looking for opportunities all week to use "frass" in a sentence …
First of all, you should know that "frass" is the technical (and very nice, I think) word for "insect pooh."
While we're on the bedroom theme, consider: If your pillow is six years old (the average age of a pillow, according to Mr. Bryson) "one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living and dead mites, and mite dung — or frass, as it is known to entomologists."
Simcox only knew they were there by the frass – black pellets of caterpillar poo – that falls from the thyme.
You could only wear what was given to you and that was nothing but nails and frass
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