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night soil

human feces used for fertilizer.

night soil

(nīt soyl)
Human feces used for fertilizer.
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The reader, however, will find that Perez's discussion is much more comprehensive as he includes chapters on time, food, clothing, and nightsoil.
In China, an ancient and pervasive practice involves mixing human excrement, termed nightsoil, with that of animals, which is then used for crop fertilization.
Here the reader learns not only about nightsoil collection -- "Washing the nightstool .
The vessel and the rag at Aesop's feet in Velazquez's famous portrait in the Prado can be identified in relation to this scatological anecdote as a nightsoil bucket and toilet rag.
In rural inland areas, often on marginal lands, small carp ponds supplemented the output from farm crops for centuries; the ponds were supplied with nutrients from an adjoining pig pen, or from other animals, ducks, food preparation, or nightsoil.