American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Consisting of or relating to excrement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, composed of, or in any way resembling dung, ordure, or feces; excrementitious; fecal.
- In entomology, frequenting or feeding on dung, as many beetles, flies, etc.
- adj. Consisting of, resembling or pertaining to feces.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to dung; partaking of the nature of, or containing, dung.
- From Latin stercus ("dung"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin stercus, stercor-, dung; see sker-3 in Indo-European roots + -aceous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Can a more triumphant imbecile, a more abject dabster, a more stercoraceous bourgeois be found!”
“The gray _curculio_ walks with snout erect, snuffing the morning air; and here we fall upon a party of apprentice pill-beetles, learning to make up stercoraceous boluses, and forming nearly as long a line as the shopmen who are similarly engaged behind Holloway's counter in the”
“The substance vomited is at first dark bilious matter, but if the case continues a long time, stercoraceous”
“Empyema is treated very thoroughly, liver abscess, ascites, which he warns must be emptied slowly, ileus especially when it reaches stercoraceous vomiting, and the various difficulties of urination, he divides them into dysuria, ischuria, and stranguria, are all discussed in quite modern fashion.”
“Robson reports a case of strangulated hernia in the third month of pregnancy with stercoraceous vomiting.”
“Relief was prompt, and the removal of the foreign body was followed by the issue of stercoraceous matter which had accumulated the six days it had remained in situ.”
“She ate regularly, but every three days she experienced pain in the umbilicus and much intestinal irritation, followed by severe vomiting of stercoraceous matter; the pains then ceased and she cleansed her mouth with aromatic washes, remaining well until the following third day.”
“One is reminded by Mr. Saintsbury's summary of many features which we have observed in the English academicism of the eighteenth century; the impoverished vocabulary, _e. g._, which makes itself evident in the annotations on the text of Spenser and other old authors; the horror of common terms, and the constant abuse of the periphrasis -- the "gelid cistern," the "stercoraceous heap," the”
“Finding that stercoraceous vomiting had just begun, and persuaded that the profound depression which others mistook for the effects of the disease, was mainly due to the injections of an infusion of tobacco which they had employed to induce relaxation.”
“But the dwarf undertaker does not on that account scorn stercoraceous fare: he feasts upon it like the other Onthophagi.”
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