Animal excrement that you spread around in your garden to fertilize the soil so the garden will grow better is an example of manure.
transitive verb-·nured′, -·nur′ing
Origin of manureMiddle English manouren, origin, originally , to farm (land) from Anglo-French maynoberer from Old French manouvrer, to cultivate, literally , to work with the hands: see maneuver
Origin of manure< manurethe transitive verb
- The dung of livestock or poultry.
- Such dung, or other organic or chemical material, used to fertilize soil.
transitive verbma·nured, ma·nur·ing, ma·nures
Origin of manureFrom Middle English manuren to cultivate land from Anglo-Norman mainouverer from Vulgar Latin manūoperāre to work with the hands Latin manū ablative of manus hand ; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.Latin operārī to work ; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present manures, present participle manuring, simple past and past participle manured)
(countable and uncountable, plural manures)