horse of a dull brownish grey color
dun, greyish brown, grayish brown, fawn(adj)
a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
"she wore dun"
of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color
"the dun and dreary prairie"
torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate(verb)
"The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
persistently ask for overdue payment
"The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"
cure by salting
make a dun color
A valley in the Himalayan foothills, e.g. Dehra Dun.
A newly hatched, immature mayfly
Origin: From dun, dunne, from dunn, from dusnaz, from dhūw-. Cognate with dun, tusin.
a mound or small hill
to cure, as codfish, in a particular manner, by laying them, after salting, in a pile in a dark place, covered with salt grass or some like substance
to ask or beset, as a debtor, for payment; to urge importunately
one who duns; a dunner
an urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his debtor a dun
of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy
Origin: [See Dune.]
Dun is a generic term for an ancient or medieval fort. It is mainly used in the British Isles to describe a kind of hill fort and also a kind of Atlantic roundhouse. The term comes from Irish dún or Scottish Gaelic dùn, and is cognate with Old Welsh din, from whence comes Welsh dinas. In some areas duns were built on any suitable crag or hillock, particularly south of the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth. There are many duns on the west coast of Ireland and they feature in Irish mythology. For example, the tale of the Táin Bó Flidhais features Dún Chiortáin and Dún Chaocháin. Duns seem to have arrived with Celtic cultures in about the 7th century BC. Early duns had near vertical ramparts made of stone and timber. Vitrified forts are the remains of duns that have been set on fire and where stones have been partly melted. Use of duns continued in some parts into the Middle Ages. Duns are similar to brochs, but are smaller and probably would not have been capable of supporting a very tall structure. Good examples of this kind of dun can be found in the Western Isles of Scotland, on artificial islands in small lakes.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dun, adj. of a dark colour, partly brown and black: dark.—v.t. (U.S.) to cure and brown, as cod.—v.i. to become dun-coloured.—ns. Dun′-bird, the pochard; Dun′-cow, the shagreen ray; Dun′-dīv′er, the merganser; Dun′-fish, codfish cured by dunning.—adj. Dun′nish, somewhat dun. [A.S. dun, most prob. Celt.; W. dwn, dusky, Gael. donn, brown.]
dun, v.t. to demand a debt with din or noise: to urge for payment:—pr.p. dun′ning; pa.p. dunned.—n. one who duns: a demand for payment. [Allied to Din.]
dun, n. a hill: a fortified mound. [A.S. dún—Celt.; in many place-names, as Dunbar, Doncaster.]
The numerical value of dun in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of dun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- plavý, šedohnědýCzech
- velkoja, velkoa, harmaanruskea, periä, tivata, karhuta, perijäFinnish
- odharScottish Gaelic
- grigio brunastro, bigio, grigiastro, grigioItalian
- 催促, 焦げ茶色Japanese
- grijsbruin, afpersenDutch
- gråbrun, gråbruntNorwegian
- gråbrun, gråbruntSwedish
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