feces

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin faecēs, nominative plural of faex (residue, dregs).

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Noun[edit]

feces (plural only) (North American spelling)

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  1. ^ feces” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ feces in thefreedictionary.com, Copyright © 2010 Farlex, Inc.



Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

fecēs

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