mundungus

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Etymology[edit]

From the Spanish mondongo (tripe”, “entrails), perhaps via its English etymon mondongo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mundungus (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
  2. (archaic) Poor-quality tobacco with a foul, rancid, or putrid smell.

References[edit]

  • The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)
      Mundungus. Bad or rank tobacco : from mondongo, a Spanish word signifying tripes, or the uncleaned entrails of a beast, full of filth.
  • †munˈdungus” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
  • mundungus, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision; Mar. 2010]