Animal excrement that you spread around in your garden to fertilize the soil so the garden will grow better is an example of manure.
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
- 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 *man&umacron;operare, to work with the hands : Latin man&umacron;, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin operar&imacron;, 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)