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frass

[fras] /fræs/
noun
1.
insect excrement.
Origin
1850-1855
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/
noun
1.
excrement or other refuse left by insects and insect larvae
Word Origin
C19: from German, from fressen to devour
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Word Origin and History for frass
n.

insect excrement, 1854, from German frasz, from root of fressen "to devour, to eat as a beast does" (see fret (v.)).

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