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From Latin faecula, diminutive of faex (residue, dregs).



fecula (countable and uncountable, plural feculas or feculae)

  1. Starchy sediment extracted from plants, especially those which are used as food.
    • 1843, Robley Dunglison, “Demulcents”, in General Therapeutics and Materia Medica, Adapted for a Medical Text Book. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II, Philadelphia, Pa.: Lea and Blanchard, OCLC 6180480, section VIII (Agents whose Action is Prominently Mechanical), page 396:
      Arrowroot is the fecula of Maran′ta arundina′cea or West Indian arrowroot; Sex. Syst. Monandria Monogynia; Nat. Ord. Marantaceæ; a plant, which is a native of South America and the West Indies, where it is largely cultivated in gardens and provision grounds. The tubers or roots are beaten into a pulp, stirred with cold water, removing the fibres with the hand; the milky juice is passed through a fine sieve, and the starch is allowed to subside in the strained fluid. The fecula is then washed, and dried without heat. This is the Arrowroot.

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