Origin of fecesClassical Latin faeces, plural of faex, dregs, lees
nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
Origin of fecesMiddle English from Latin faecēs pl. of faex dregs
(plural only) (North American spelling)
- This word can be used with plural verbs ("feces have a strong smell") or singular ones ("feces has a strong smell"). Use with plural verbs is more common, especially in Britain, and is the only use recognized by some dictionaries, while others recognize both plural and singular use.
From Latin faecēs, nominative plural of faex (“residue, dregs”).