Definitions starting with C

ID #3907

cave earth, cave dirt

[euphemism; cf. OED cave-earth a layer of earth forming the old floor of a cave before the deposition of stalagmite (Geol.)] n. bat guano used for fertilizer: 1880 The Bahamas yield a "cave earth". . . a kind of guano. , . (with) value as a fertilizer (Ives 47). 1977 Cave earth . . . or bat manure (Albury 73), (Gen.)



Tags: agriculture, euphemism, noun

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Last update: 2010-12-21 16:40
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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