Fecula Fec"u*la, n.; pl. {Fecul[AE]} [L.faecula burnt tartar or salt of tartar, dim. of faex, faecis, sediment, dregs: cf. F. f['e]cule.] Any pulverulent matter obtained from plants by simply breaking down the texture, washing with water, and subsidence. Especially: (a) The nutritious part of wheat; starch or farina; -- called also {amylaceous fecula}. (b) The green matter of plants; chlorophyll. [1913 Webster]

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  • feculae — n. feces, excrement (especially of insects); dregs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fecula — /fek yeuh leuh/, n., pl. feculae / lee /. 1. fecal matter, esp. of insects. 2. foul or muddy matter; dregs. [ < L faecula burnt tartar, dried lees of wine, equiv. to faec (s. of faex; see FECES) + ula ULE] * * * …   Universalium

  • fecula — /ˈfɛkjulə/ (say fekyoohluh) noun (plural feculae /ˈfɛkjuli/ (say fekyoohlee)) starch obtained by washing the comminuted roots, grains, or other parts of plants. {Latin faecula crust of wine, diminutive of faex dregs} …   Australian English dictionary

  • fecula — noun excreta (especially of insects) • Hypernyms: ↑body waste, ↑excretion, ↑excreta, ↑excrement, ↑excretory product * * * /fek yeuh leuh/, n., pl. feculae / lee /. 1. fecal matter, esp. of insects …   Useful english dictionary

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