stercoraceous

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin stercorāceus, from stercus (dung).

AdjectiveEdit

stercoraceous (comparative more stercoraceous, superlative most stercoraceous)

  1. Consisting of, resembling or pertaining to feces.
    • 1771, Tobias Smollett, Humphry Clinker, Penguin Classics, 1985, p.46:
      He had reason to believe the stercoraceous flavour, condemned by prejudice as a stink, was, in fact, most agreeable to the organs of smelling.
    • 1856 May, Thomas Hughes, quoting Charles Kingsley, “Prefatory Memoir”, in Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet. [], London: Macmillan and Co., published 1876, OCLC 1079188784, page lvi:
      I made £150 by Alton Locke, and never lost a farthing; and I got, not in spite of, but by the rows, a name and a standing with many a one who would never have heard of me otherwise, and I should have been a stercoraceous mendicant if I had hollowed when I got a facer, while I was winning by the cross, though I didn't mean to fight one.
    • 1988, Peter Wagner, Eros Rising, Paladin 1990, p. 182:
      [W]e find it hard today to see the entertaining aspects of, for instance, stercoraceous jokes.

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