Definition of manure in English:


Line breaks: ma¦nure
Pronunciation: /məˈnjʊə


[mass noun]
1Animal dung used for fertilizing land: plenty of fully rotted horse manure can be dug in this fall
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  • Ancient farmers discovered that plant yield could be increased on a plot of land by spreading animal manure throughout.
  • High rainfall washes more animal manure off the land into watercourses.
  • The increase in animal density has presented a challenge in the collection, storage, and land application of manure.
North American informal cow chips, horse apples
vulgar slang shit, crap
1.1Any compost or artificial fertilizer: organic manure might be animal or vegetable derived [count noun]: artificial manures
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  • Organic fertilizers and manures may also be used.
  • Most organic farmers try to supply their nitrogen needs with legumes in the crop rotation or with manures and composts.
  • The findings will be used to minimise application of chemical fertilisers and using organic manures.


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Apply manure to (land): the ground should be well dug and manured
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  • He manured his arable land meticulously and liberally, offering to care for his neighbours' cattle free of charge over the winter months in order to guarantee his supply.
  • We cleaned horse stalls, manured the land by hand, and the landlord plowed it.
  • They had been working hard at manuring our fruit trees after the recent rains.


late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'cultivate (land')): from Anglo-Norman French mainoverer, Old French manouvrer (see manoeuvre). The noun sense dates from the mid 16th century.

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