noun (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British.

  1. feces.

noun (used with a plural verb)

  1. waste matter discharged from the intestines through the anus; excrement.
  2. dregs; sediment.

pl n

  1. bodily waste matter derived from ingested food and the secretions of the intestines and discharged through the anus

pl n

  1. the usual US spelling of faeces

see feces.


also faeces, c.1400, “dregs,” from Latin faeces “sediment, dregs,” plural of faex (genitive faecis) “grounds, sediment, lees, dregs,” of unknown origin. Specific sense of “human excrement” is from 1630s.


  1. The matter that is discharged from the bowel during defecation; excrement.stercus

  1. Waste matter eliminated from the intestinal tract.

Excrement; the waste material that is passed to the outside from the rectum through the anus.

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