dung

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See also: Dung, dùng, and đúng

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English, from Old English.

Noun[edit]

dung (countable and uncountable, plural dungs)

  1. (uncountable) Manure; animal excrement.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act III, scene iv, line 129
      Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt, and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool []
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Malachi 2:3
      Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 496
      The labourer at the dung cart is paid at 3d. or 4d. a day; and on one estate, Lullington, scattering dung is paid a 5d. the hundred heaps.
  2. (countable) A type of manure, as from a particular species or type of animal.
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dung (third-person singular simple present dungs, present participle dunging, simple past and past participle dunged)

  1. (transitive) To fertilize with dung.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  2. (transitive, calico printing) To immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung, done to remove the superfluous mordant.
  3. (intransitive) To void excrement.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See ding

Verb[edit]

dung

  1. (obsolete) past participle of ding

Etymology 3[edit]

unknown

Verb[edit]

dung (third-person singular simple present dungs, present participle dunging, simple past and past participle dunged)

  1. (colloquial) To discard (especially rubbish); to chuck out.

Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Proto-Germanic *dungijō, from Proto-Indo-European *dhengh- (to cover; covering)

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Noun[edit]

dung f

  1. dungeon, prison
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Etymology 2[edit]

Proto-Germanic *dungō, from Proto-Indo-European *dhengh- (to cover). Akin to Old High German tunga "manuring" (German Dung), Low German dung, Icelandic dyngja "heap, dung", Swedish dynga "dung, muck"

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Noun[edit]

dung f

  1. dung, manure
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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *dungiz, *dungaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰengʰ- (to cover).

Noun[edit]

dung m, f

  1. weaving, weavingroom