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night soil

n.
Human excrement collected for use as fertilizer.
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night soil

n
human excrement collected at night from cesspools, privies, etc, and sometimes used as a fertilizer
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night′ soil`


n.
human excrement used as fertilizer.
[1765–75]
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Noun1.night soil - human excreta used as fertilizer
manure - any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material
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If you roam around Varanasi, you will find hundreds of people from Mehtar or Valmiki community cleaning night-soil and sweeping streets.
THE mysterious theft of a night-soil cart at the start of tonight's episode, reminds me of that old joke from The Two Ronnies: "Police say they've got nothing to go on."
THE mysterious theft of a night-soil cart at the start of tonight's episode is a reminder of that old joke from The Two Ronnies: "Police say they've got nothing to go on."