night-soil

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See also: nightsoil and night soil

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night-soil (plural night-soils)

  1. (archaic, euphemistic) Alternative spelling of night soil
    • 1850, J. B. Boussingault, Rural Economy, in its Relations with Chemistry, Physics, and Meteorology, page 294:
      In the neighborhood of Paris there are places appropriated to the reception of the night-soil: it is thrown into reservoirs of no great depth, in comparison with their superficial extent, and of an aggregate capacity which is such that they will contain the whole of the products collected by the night-man in the course of six months.