dung

noun
\ˈdəŋ \

Definition of dung 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the feces of an animal : manure

2 : something repulsive

dung

verb

Definition of dung (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fertilize or dress with manure

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Other Words from dung

Noun

dungy \ˈdəŋ-ē \ adjective

Examples of dung in a Sentence

Noun

researchers tracked the wild gorillas by following the piles of dung

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The Irish farming community is in a lather after a dairy farmer in County Limerick was fined $350 last week for the dung a judge says his cows left on a road, causing a motorcycle accident. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will Irish farmers have to diaper their cows after Effin dung case? | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Someone compared the smell of the wine to cow dung. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, "The Proof Is in Their Palates," 10 July 2018 The mountain lions were also ignoring the piles of hay and dung brought by zookeepers from other animal pens to give them something interesting to sniff. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 The dangerous smoke — from wood, dung or charcoal fires used by 3 billion people in villages and slums across Africa, Central America and Asia — was estimated by health officials to shorten millions of lives every year. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 Each cooker can cut the gathering of wood or cow-dung (still used in over half of all households, and mainly foraged by women) by up to an hour a day. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 Guano remains a highly prized fertilizer, and Peru is at the top of the field thanks to the gigantic quantity of oily anchovies that guano birds feast on — which makes their dung valuable — and the unusual nature of Peru’s desert coast. Washington Post, "The unlikely treasure off Peru’s coast," 21 June 2018 There are also good chapters on tinder—which ranges from elephant dung to plant down, to the inner or outer bark of a variety of trees, and fungi ranging from King Alfred’s cakes to chaga and horse-hoof fungus. Bill Heavey, WSJ, "Summer Books: Camping," 23 May 2018 The dung cannon fungus that launches spores faster than a rocket? Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of dung

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for dung

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse dyngja manure pile

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dung

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dung

: solid waste from an animal

dung

noun
\ˈdəŋ \

Kids Definition of dung

: solid waste matter from an animal

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