\ ˈdün How to pronounce dune (audio) also ˈdyün \

Definition of dune

: a hill or ridge of sand piled up by the wind

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Other Words from dune

dunelike \ ˈdün-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dune (audio) also  ˈdyün-​ \ adjective

Examples of dune in a Sentence

We wandered over the dunes.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, other butterflies are experiencing decline, like the El Segundo Blue, due to a loss of its sand dune habitat, and the Karner Blue due to the loss of the blue lupine flower its caterpillars use, according to Moreau. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 July 2021 But roughly 160 people — those so far confirmed dead and those still missing — disappeared under the crushing dune of rubble. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Sitka Sedge features a wide variety of natural landscapes, beginning at a broad wetland, continuing through a dark sand dune forest and emerging at the beach on the north side of Cape Kiwanda. oregonlive, 12 June 2021 On a recent afternoon, two first-time visitors walked past the Portage pavilion and down below a sidewalk hanging at the edge of a crumbling dune to a spot along the beach that, not too long ago, was water. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 20 May 2021 Teenagers hurtled down the dune while their friends took pictures. Johannes Lichtman, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2021 Those words are sweet sand-dune music for the shopkeepers and restaurateurs from Sandwich to Provincetown who want to start their Memorial Day bonfires with pages from the mournful calendar of 2020. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 The boulders are being placed at the edge of the water and along what’s left of the dune protecting the pavilion. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2021 The subject is no longer just the sweeping dune or the towering waterfall, but the mysterious figure standing stock-still within it. oregonlive, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of dune

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dune

French, from Old French, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English dūn down — more at down

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24 Jul 2021

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“Dune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dune. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dune

: a hill of sand near an ocean or in a desert that is formed by the wind


\ ˈdün How to pronounce dune (audio) , ˈdyün \

Kids Definition of dune

: a hill or ridge of sand piled up by the wind


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