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[fee-seez] /ˈfi siz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British
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[fee-kuh l] /ˈfi kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • They eat their own faeces to acquire additional moisture in the heat of the desert.
  • We have been using dingo faeces to deter foxes around our sanctuary boundaries.
  • Bumblebees begin their adult lives by eating their sisters' faeces.
  • For example, many leaf beetles cover their eggs in faeces.
  • The faeces of the animal would of course contain lots of nitrogen and other helpful organic matter, though.
  • The nappies the researchers used were contaminated only with urine, not faeces.
  • The channel is clogged deep with plastic bottles, garbage and human faeces.
  • Researchers may get up at dawn hoping to grab chimpanzee faeces that fall from the trees.
  • Streets are filled with rotting fruit, faeces and other disease-spreading detritus.
  • These beans, harvested from the faeces, then create a coffee that tastes rich and slightly smoky with hints of chocolate.
British Dictionary definitions for faeces


plural noun
bodily waste matter derived from ingested food and the secretions of the intestines and discharged through the anus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin faecēs, plural of faex sediment, dregs
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Word Origin and History for faeces

see feces.

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