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Scientists Say: Dung

Poo, feces, poop, manure, crap. This is an animal’s number two
Oct 2, 2017 — 6:50 am EST
Horse poop
This is horse dung, the solid remains of a horse’s diet.
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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.