dune

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See also: Düne, dűne, d'une, and dune-

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Dunes in Namibia

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Partly from a dialectal form of down; and partly from French dune (from Old French dune), or from Middle Dutch dūne (modern Dutch duin), or from Middle Low German dûne; all ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dūnǭ, *dūnaz, probably from Gaulish dunum (hill), from Proto-Celtic *dūnom (stronghold, rampart), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰuHnom (enclosure), from *dʰewh₂- (to finish, come full circle). Doublet of down (which see).

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dune (plural dunes)

  1. (geomorphology) A ridge or hill of sand piled up by the wind.

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French[edit]

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From Old French dune, from Middle Dutch dūne (Dutch duin), possibly from Gaulish *dunon (hill).

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dune f (plural dunes)

  1. dune

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dune f pl

  1. plural of duna

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