Scientists Say: Dung
Dung (noun, “DUHng”)
This is animal poop. Poo. Feces. Manure. Dung is a word scientists use to refer to animal poop but not for human feces. It refers to the solid, or semi-solid (ew) remains of food that an animal can’t digest.
In a sentence
In Australia, sheep may spread a poisonous weed’s seeds in their dung.
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digest (noun: digestion) To break down food into simple compounds that the body can absorb and use for growth. Some sewage-treatment plants harness microbes to digest — or degrade — wastes so that the breakdown products can be recycled for use elsewhere in the environment.
dung The feces of animals, also known as manure.
feces A body's solid waste, made up of undigested food, bacteria and water. The feces of larger animals are sometimes also called dung.
manure Feces, or dung, from farm animals. Manure can be used to fertilize land.
semi An adjective meaning “somewhat.”
solid Firm and stable in shape; not liquid or gaseous.
weed (in botany) A plant growing wild in, around — and sometimes smothering over — valued plants, such as crops or landscape species (including lawn grasses, flowers and shrubs). Often a plant becomes such a botanical bully when it enters a new environment with no natural predators or controlling conditions, such as hard frosts. (in biology, generally) Any organism may be referred to as a “weed” if it enters an environment and begins to overwhelm the local ecosystem.