manure

Gardeners use the word manure to mean a fertilizer made from animal waste. Manure is good for helping plants grow and stay healthy.

When you spread manure on your vegetable garden, you're feeding the soil and plants with nutrients that encourage growth. The manure itself might be, for example, a combination of cow dung and straw, or slightly decomposed chicken waste. Sometimes the word manure is used for any kind of fertilizer, including those made entirely from plants. The earliest meaning of manure was "to cultivate land," from an Old French root word, manouvrer, "to work with the hands or cultivate."

Definitions of manure
  1. noun
    any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material
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    chicken manure
    chicken excreta used as fertilizer
    cow manure
    cow excreta used as fertilizer
    green manure
    a growing crop that is plowed under to enrich soil
    horse manure
    horse excreta used as fertilizer
    night soil
    human excreta used as fertilizer
    type of:
    organic, organic fertiliser, organic fertilizer
    a fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
  2. verb
    spread manure, as for fertilization
    synonyms: muck
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    type of:
    scatter, spread, spread out
    strew or distribute over an area
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