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Webster 1913 Edition


Feces

Fe′ces

,
Noun.
pl.
Dregs; sediment; excrement. See
faeces
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Feces

FE'CES

,
Noun.
plu.
[L. faces.]
1.
Dregs; lees; sediment; the matter which subsides in casks of liquor.
2.
Excrement.

Definition 2022


feces

feces

See also: fèces

English

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Noun

feces pl (plural only) (Canada, US)

  1. Digested waste material (typically solid or semi-solid) discharged from the bowels; excrement.

Usage notes

  • This word can be used with plural verbs ("feces have a strong smell") or singular ones ("feces has a strong smell"). Use with plural verbs is more common, especially in Britain, and is the only use recognized by some dictionaries,[1] while others recognize both plural and singular use.[2]

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References

  1. feces” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. feces”, in TheFreeDictionary.com, Farlex, Inc., 2003–2016.

Latin

Noun

fecēs

  1. nominative plural of fex
  2. accusative plural of fex
  3. vocative plural of fex