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Cloaca   Listen
noun
Cloaca  n.  (pl. cloacae)  
1.
A sewer; as, the Cloaca Maxima of Rome.
2.
A privy.
3.
(Anat.) The common chamber into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals discharge in birds, reptiles, amphibians, and many fishes.






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"Cloaca" Quotes from Famous Books



... done all this. What a well is the human heart, and how giddy it makes one to peer into it! Lo! the cloaca. Of what is it thinking? Of perfume. A prostitute loves a thief through a lily. What plunger into human thought could reach the bottom of this? Who shall fathom this immense yearning for flowers that springs from mud? In the secret self of these hapless ...
— The Memoirs of Victor Hugo • Victor Hugo

... monsters, signifying the vomiting forth of sin ejected from the sanctuary; reminding the passer-by who sees them pouring forth the water from the gutter, that when seen outside the church, they are the voidance of the spirit, the cloaca of the soul! ...
— The Cathedral • Joris-Karl Huysmans



Words linked to "Cloaca" :   sewerage, cavity, sewer, drain, sewage works, zoology



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