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- (intransitive) To excrete feces from one's bowels.
- (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
- to defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, New York 2001, p.224:
- Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
- (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
- (excrete feces): See Thesaurus:defecate
- (obsolete) Freed from pollutants, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
- Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense.