From Middle High German tunc, tunge, from Old High German tung, tunga, from Proto-Germanic *dungō, from Proto-Indo-European *dhengh- (“to cover”). The word also meant in High German—and it seems exclusively in Low German (compare Old Saxon dung)—a dwelling or storage room (originally under the earth and covered with dung). The modern consontantism is of regional origin (see düngen). Cognate to English dung.
- Dung in Duden online