Definition of manure in English:

manure

Line breaks: ma¦nure
Pronunciation: /məˈnjʊə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Animal dung used for fertilizing land: plenty of fully rotted horse manure can be dug in this fall
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
dung, muck, droppings, ordure, guano, cowpats
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Apply manure to (land): the ground should be well dug and manured
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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.

More definitions of manure

Definition of manure in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈmɛːrɪən
noun
a person who studies and writes about grammar