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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An outhouse.
2. A sewer.
3. The common duct into which intestinal, urinary, and genital tracts open in birds, reptiles, most fishes, and some mammals.
From Latin cloaca (sewer, canal), from cluere (to cleanse). Earliest documented use: 1656.
"David Walsh has found that cloaca happens. Having spent $180 million establishing Museum of Old and New Art, the most famous exhibit being Cloaca, a complicated poo-producing machine, Mr Walsh is now involved in a legal stoush* with the Australian Tax Office."
MONA founder in Tax Office sights; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jun 7, 2012.
"Anne had balked at hanging her mistress's most beautiful clothes in the cloaca ... because of the smell."
Posie Graeme-Evans; The Anne Trilogy; Atria; 2002.
See more usage examples of cloaca in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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