noun, plural feculae [fek-yuh-lee] .
fecal matter, especially of insects.
foul or muddy matter; dregs.

< Latin faecula burnt tartar, dried lees of wine, equivalent to faec- (stem of faex; see feces) + -ula -ule

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fecula (ˈfɛkjʊlə)
n , pl -lae
1.  starch obtained by washing the crushed parts of plants, such as the potato
2.  faecal material, esp of insects
[C17: from Latin: burnt tartar, appearing as a crust in wine, from faex sediment]

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