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Origin: L.faeula burnt tartar or salt of tartar, dim. Of faex, faecis, sediment, dregs: cf. F. Fecule.

Any pulverulent matter obtained from plants by simply breaking down the texture, washing with water, and subsidence. Especially:

The nutritious part of wheat; starch or farina; called also amylaceous fecula. The green matter of plants; chlorophyll.