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fecula

[fek-yuh-luh] /ˈfɛk yə lə/
noun, plural feculae
[fek-yuh-lee] /ˈfɛk yəˌli/ (Show IPA)
1.
fecal matter, especially of insects.
2.
foul or muddy matter; dregs.
Origin
< Latin faecula burnt tartar, dried lees of wine, equivalent to faec- (stem of faex; see feces) + -ula -ule
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fecula

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