manure

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From Middle English manuren (to manure), from Old French manovrer (whence also English maneuver), from Vulgar Latin *manuoperare (work by hand), from Latin manu + operari (to work).

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manure (third-person singular simple present manures, present participle manuring, simple past and past participle manured)

  1. To cultivate by manual labor; to till; hence, to develop by culture.
    • Surrey
      to whom we gave the strand for to manure
    • John Donne
      Manure thyself then; to thyself be improved; / And with vain, outward things be no more moved.
  2. To apply manure (as fertilizer or soil improver).
    The farmer manured his fallow field.
    • Shakespeare
      The blood of English shall manure the ground.

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manure (countable and uncountable, plural manures)

  1. Animal excrement, especially that of common domestic farm animals and when used as fertilizer. Generally speaking, from cows, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens.
  2. Any fertilizing substance, whether of animal origin or not.
    • Sir Humphry Davy
      Malt dust consists chiefly of the infant radicle separated from the grain. I have never made any experiment upon this manure; but there is great reason to suppose it must contain saccharine matter; and this will account for its powerful effects.

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