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Feces (or faeces), also called poo, poop, turd or stool, number 2 is the body's solid waste left over from eating food. Human feces leave the intestinal tract and are removed from the body through the anus. Feces are known for their unpleasant odor and brownish color.

Although feces are generally considered waste, they actually have many uses. Feces are used by some scientists to follow tiger populations.[1] Feces from animals and humans can be used to create fertilizers for plant crops.[2] Some feces are also used as a fuel for fires.

In informal language, there are many words for feces. These are often offensive or even vulgar. Examples include "shit", "poop", and "crap". Nonetheless, feces are a natural part of life's give and take.

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  1. Jeremy Hance (24). "Saving tigers by counting feces". Mongabay.com. Retrieved 2009-07-09.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |year=, |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  2. Esrey, Stephen (1998). Ecological Sanitation. http://www.ecosanres.org/pdf_files/Ecological_Sanitation.pdf: EcoSanRes, Stockholm Enrionment Institute. 

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