[muh-noor, -nyoor]
excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
verb (used with object), manured, manuring.
to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.

1350–1400; Middle English manouren to till, cultivate < Middle French manouvrer to do manual work. See maneuver

manurer, noun
manurial, adjective
manurially, adverb
well-manured, adjective Unabridged
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manure (məˈnjʊə)
1.  animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
2.  chiefly (Brit) any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
3.  (tr) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
[C14: from Medieval Latin manuopera; manual work; see manoeuvre]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "to cultivate land," also "to hold property," from Anglo-Fr. meynoverer, from O.Fr. manouvrer "to work with the hands," from M.L. manuoperare, from L. manu operari, from manu, abl. of manus "hand" (see manual) + operari "to work, operate" (see
operation). Sense of "work the earth" led to "put dung on the soil" (1599) and to the current noun meaning "dung spread as fertilizer," which is first attested 1549. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a fig. sense of "to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers."
"It is ... his own painfull study ... that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts." [Milton, 1641]
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Example sentences
The piece also gets into the use of manure as a natural fertilizer.
Manure from animals including cows, horses, chickens and even bats is a
  traditional and effective fertilizer.
They say the process is inefficient, polluting and wasteful, as the manure is
  better suited for fertilizer.
Most of it comes from manure and chemical fertilizer as well as industrial
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