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

  • Waste matter eliminated from the bowels; excrement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Digested waste material discharged from the bowels; excrement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dregs; sediment; excrement. See fæces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dregs; lees; sediment; matter excreted and ejected.
  • Specifically The undigested portions of the food, mixed with some secretions in the alimentary canal, which are evacuated at the anus; dung; excrement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels


Middle English, from Latin faecēs, pl. of faex, dregs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin faecēs, nominative plural of faex ("residue, dregs"). (Wiktionary)



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