frass insect excrement, 1854, from Ger. frasz, from root of fressen "to devour, to eat as a beast does" (see FRET (Cf. fret) (v.)).

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  • Frass — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Hermann Frass (* 1910), Südtiroler Redakteur, Fotograf und Buchautor Rudolf Frass (1880–1934), österreichischer Architekt Wilhelm Frass (1886 1968), österreichischer Bildhauer Siehe auch: Claudia Fräss… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • frass — [fras] n. the mixture of fecal material and plant matter left by an animal, esp. an insect, after it has eaten its way into a tree, plant, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Frass — 1. Der Frass bringt mehr vmb als das Schwert. – Lehmann, II, 62, 106; Henisch, 1184; Petri, II, 313; Eiselein, 178; Körte, 1481; Simrock, 2606. Engl.: Gluttony and drunkeness destroy more than the sword. Frz.: La gourmandise a tué plus de gens… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • frass — /fras/, n. insect excrement. [1850 55; orig., the refuse and excrement of boring or leaf eating insects < G Frass insect damage, corrosion, n. from base of fressen to eat (of animals); see FRESS, FRET1] * * * …   Universalium

  • frass — 1. untidy 2. smelly, repellent His crib is well frass. An item of London youth slang recorded for the film Backslang in 2003 …   Contemporary slang

  • frass — [fras] noun 1》 powdery refuse produced by wood boring insects. 2》 the excrement of insect larvae. Origin C19: from Ger. Frass, from fressen devour …   English new terms dictionary

  • frass —   Debris and fecal matter produced by insects, e.g. the characteristic accumulation of frass and mucilage exudate on the surface of cycad stems infested with stem borers …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • frass — noun Etymology: German, insect damage, literally, eating away, from Old High German vrāz food, from frezzan to devour more at fret Date: 1854 debris or excrement produced by insects …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frass — n. [Ger. fressen, to devour] Insect larval excrement usually mixed with plant fragments …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • frass — noun The droppings or excrement of insects …   Wiktionary

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