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DUNG. Manure. Sometimes it is real estate, and at other times personal property. When collected in a heap, it is personal estate; when spread out on the land, it becomes incorporated in it, and it is then real estate. Vide Manure.

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It was too dark in these storage places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats.
This is followed by a still longer 85-page chapter on "Preindustrial Prime Movers and Fuels" in which Smil emphasizes the importance of animate power (including especially human muscles), although he also discusses wind and water power; explosives; and "biomass energies" including wood, charcoal, crop residues, dried dung, and, plant and animal oils and waxes.