\ 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

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Other Words from dung


dungy \ ˈdəŋ-​ē How to pronounce dungy (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 At some point in our history, this was perhaps an improvement over burning wood or dung. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "What Stands in the Way of Making the Climate a Priority," 24 June 2020 The analysis revealed that on the smaller altar cannabis had been mixed with animal dung for heating. Fox News, "Ancient cannabis and frankincense discovered at Biblical-era shrine in Israel," 29 May 2020 The researchers applied the resulting program—christened coproID—to 13 samples, ranging from dung recovered from a 7000-year-old Chinese farming village to a 400-year-old home in southern England. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "The archaeological record is full of dog poop," 17 Apr. 2020 Antlers, bone and animal dung have also been found, the archaeologists behind the project said. New York Times, "Warming Climate in Norway Reveals Relics of Ancient Viking Trade Route," 16 Apr. 2020 During 2011’s particularly warm summer, archaeologists surveying Lendbreen for the first time found centuries-old horse dung littered all over the ground and ancient artifacts melting out of the ice. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Treasure Trove of Artifacts Illustrates Life in a Lost Viking Mountain Pass," 15 Apr. 2020 Usually, a sign as old as this one would have bird carcasses or dung inside. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "The vintage neon Prescott Valley Motel sign has been saved. Here's what's next," 14 Apr. 2020 Joshua trees were once dispersed across landscapes with help from ancient pack rats and elephant-size giant ground sloths, a finding based on the abundance of seeds found in fossilized dung. Los Angeles Times, "Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species," 13 Apr. 2020 In 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping) to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 29 Jan. 2020

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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 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dung

: solid waste from an animal


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Kids Definition of dung

: solid waste matter from an animal

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