\ 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 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 Lack of trust in the rural health system has undermined vaccination campaigns and allowed misinformation and quack cures to flourish, including miracle elixirs made of cow dung and urine. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Farmers grabbed piles of dung to use as fertilizer while bloggers set up their phones to film themselves. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Farmers grabbed piles of dung to use as fertilizer while bloggers set up their phones to film themselves. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 Others discussed leaving lion dung near boar hot spots, in the hope that the smell would deter the pigs. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Borneo Scientists captured dung beetles in a forest in Sabah, dissected them, then sequenced the DNA in their guts to find matches with nearby wildlife. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 There are proper terms for the dung of every kind of game animal. Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2021 In total, the amount dung excreted by the three million sea cucumbers found in the Heron Island Reef is approximately equal to the mass of five Eiffel Towers, reports the Guardian. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2021 Donkey carts piled high with clover bumped down semi-paved lanes between low brick houses and green fields lined with palm trees, trash and animal dung. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of dung was before the 12th century

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22 Jun 2021

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“Dung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dung. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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