\ ˈdəŋ How to pronounce dung (audio) \

Definition of dung

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the feces of an animal : manure
2 : something repulsive


dunged; dunging; dungs

Definition of dung (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fertilize or dress with manure

Other Words from dung


dungy \ ˈdəŋ-​ē How to pronounce dung (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dung in a Sentence

Noun researchers tracked the wild gorillas by following the piles of dung
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Manufacturers also would not be allowed to use dung or woodchips to cultivate the mushrooms or make synthetic psilocybin. oregonlive, 14 Feb. 2022 Though they have been labeled plants, fungi and even animals in the past, the protists coat wet and frequently decaying surfaces such as dead trees, leaf litter and even dung, often as single cells. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 In the past, most pollution deaths stemmed from indoor and household air pollution, caused by fine particles of soot released from indoor stoves burning wood or dung. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 For the baboon studies, Dr. Wasser used hormones from animal dung to help understand their reproductive successes or failures. Dean Paton, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2022 Most of the waste material generated in the village is biodegradable, and the community recycles it by making manure or using livestock dung as fuel. Nell Lewis, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 The focus on cow dung fires stems from the fact that mucormycosis spreads through the environment. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2022 These include strategies such as dung spotting -- when bees collect animal poop and apply it to the entrances of their colony to repel and confuse the hornets -- and swarming to neutralize the enemy, which is known as bee balling. Katie Hunt, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 But in Sri Lanka, a papermaker who incorporates elephant dung into his products shows that even wild ideas can pay off. The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moreover, in 2020, communication from the federal government about the pandemic really dung the public wrong. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dung


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


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

History and Etymology for dung


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

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“Dung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dung. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of dung

: solid waste matter from an animal

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