frass

frass

[fras]
noun
insect excrement.

Origin:
1850–55; orig., the refuse and excrement of boring or leaf-eating insects < German Frass insect damage, corrosion, noun from base of fressen to eat (of animals); see fress, fret1

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frass (fræs)
 
n
excrement or other refuse left by insects and insect larvae
 
[C19: from German, from fressen to devour]

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frass
1854, from Ger. frasz, from root of fressen to devour, to eat as a beast does (see fret (v.)).
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