cloaca
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /kləʊˈeɪkə/
  • (America) IPA: /kloʊˈeɪkə/
Noun

cloaca (plural cloacas)

  1. (sometimes, figurative) A sewer.
    • 1773, Gentleman's Magazine, No. 43, p. 598:
      The Thames, polluted with the filthy effusions of the cloacae.
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-day Pamphlets, Ch. iv, p. 46:
    • […] that tremendous cloaca of Pauperism […]
  2. (zoology) The duct in reptiles, amphibians and birds, as well as most fish and some mammals, which serves as the common outlet for urination, defecation, and reproduction.
    • 1822, John Mason Good, The Study of Medicine, Vol. I, p. 7:
      In birds the rectum, at the termination of its canal, forms an oval or elongated pouch […] and then expands into a cavity, which has been named cloaca.
  3. An outhouse or lavatory.
    • 1840, Frederick Marryat, Olla Podrida, Ch. xxiv:
      To every house […] a cloaca.
  4. (anatomy) A duct through which gangrenous material escapes a body.
    • 1846, Frederick Brittan translating Joseph François Malgaigne as Manual of Operative Surgery, p. 172
      Across this shell [sc. of bone] small holes are eaten, by which the matter escapes, and which are called cloacae (Weidmann).
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