A primitive toilet of sorts. It takes the form of a hole dug in the ground. You excrete into the hole and then fill it up with dirt. Latrines are used by soldiers at war and by campers out in the wilderness where there is no plumbing.

La*trine" (?), n. [L. latrina: cf. F. latrines.]

A privy, or water-closet, esp. in a camp, hospital, etc.

 

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