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[muh-noo r, -nyoo r] /məˈnʊər, -ˈnyʊər/

excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
verb (used with object), manured, manuring.
to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.
animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
(mainly Brit) any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
(transitive) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)

c.1400, “to cultivate land,” also “to hold property,” from Anglo-French meynoverer, Old French manouvrer “to work with the hands, cultivate; carry out; make, produce,” from Medieval Latin manuoperare (see maneuver (n.)). Sense of “work the earth” led to “put dung on the soil” (1590s) and to the current noun meaning “dung spread as fertilizer,” which is first attested 1540s. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a figurative sense of “to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers.”

It is … his own painfull study … that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts. [Milton, 1641]

Related: Manured; manuring.


“dung or compost used as fertilizer,” 1540s, see manure (v.).


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