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ma·nure / məˈn(y)oŏr/ • n. animal dung used for fertilizing land. ∎  any compost or artificial fertilizer. • v. [tr.] (often be manured) apply manure to (land): the ground should be well dug and manured.

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manure †occupy, administer; †till, cultivate XIV; (from the sb.) apply manure to XVI. Earliest forms maynoyre, -oure, manour — AN. mainoverer, OF. mano(u)vrer MANŒUVRE; assim. in ending to -URE.
Hence sb. dung or compost used for fertilizing XVI.