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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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"A catastrophe waiting to happen," de Viana says of the serious threats to public health and environment, in "Night Soil and Other Unmentionables".
I remembered we agreed that it was a job comparable only to that of night soil men.
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He had encountered a "honey wagon" and its precious cargo of "night soil."
Emotion, affinity, and intense nostalgia is expressed here for a diverse range of Singaporean historical geographies--cinemas, amusement parks, night soil men, communists, and striking bus drivers to name a few.
"They [villagers] dragged us out of our home and then dirtied our clothes with night soil [human excrement collected at night using buckets] before forcing us to consume it too.
As a fertilizer, "night soil" is free and abundant - and even made a cameo appearance in "The Martian."
"One morning, I took our bucket of night soil up to the outside loo to empty it.
The Clean Authority of TOKYO was established in April 2000 to take over management and operation of waste and night soil treatment facilities from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
As there was no running water to the building, servants had the daily task of emptying the bucket below a wooden bench and using the "night soil" as fertiliser in the surrounding gardens.
grubbish eaters of spent skin and night soil, to the bats and songbirds,