Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Waste matter; dross.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. waste matter or dross
  • n. A bodily secretion that is reabsorbed into the blood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Superfluous matter separated from that which is useful; dross; scoria.
  • n.
  • n. Excrement.
  • n. A substance secreted from the blood and again absorbed by it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Superfluous matter separated from that which is useful; dross; scoria; spume.
  • n. In medicine, a fluid which, after having been separated from the blood, is returned to it, as the saliva, the secretion of serous membranes, etc.

Etymologies

Latin recrēmentum : re-, re- + cernere, crē-, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Another: - Sprinkle (on the sore?) lead finely triturated with the recrement of copper; and sprinkle on it, also, the shavings of lotus, and the scales of copper, and alum, and chalcitis, with copper, both alone, and with the shavings of lotus.

    On Ulcers

  • The animal, in that case, would arm itself with its own refuse in the same way as it sometimes builds itself a home with its intestinal recrement.

    The Life of the fly; with which are interspersed some chapters of autobiography

  • Dictionary compilers at Collins have decided that the word list for the forthcoming edition of its largest volume is embrangled with words so obscure that they are linguistic recrement.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Farewell embranglement, recrement, fusby and numerous others.

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

  • Apparently, one man's linguistic recrement (waste, refuse) is another man's treasure.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • : bright, glistening olid: foul-smelling oppugnant: combative, antagonistic, or contrary recrement: waste matter, refuse, dross reborant

    Club Troppo

  • Ye scum -- ye recrement -- why do ye run? "said the knight, puffing with great vigour.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

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  • The superfluous or useless portion of any substance; refuse, dross, scum, off-scouring. (From WWFTD)

    June 7, 2008