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Princeton's WordNet

  1. droppings, dung, muckverb

    fecal matter of animals

  2. dungverb

    fertilize or dress with dung

    "you must dung the land"

  3. dungverb

    defecate; used of animals

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DUNGnoun

    The excrement of animals used to fatten ground.

    Etymology: dineg, Saxon.

    For dung, all excrements are the refuse and putrifactions of nourishment. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 696.

    I judge the likeliest way to be the perforation of the body of the tree in several places, one above the other; and the filling of the holes with dung, mingled with the medicine; and the watering of those lumps of dung, with squirts of an infusion of the medicine in dunged water, once in three or four days. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 500.

    For when from herbs the pure part must be won,
    From gross by ’stilling, this is better done
    By despis’d dung than by the fire or sun. John Donne.

    He soon would learn to think like me,
    And bless his ravish’d eyes to see
    Such order from confusion sprung,
    Such gaudy tulips rais’d from dung. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Dungverb

    To fatten with dung.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    It was received of old, that dunging of grounds, when the West wind bloweth, and in the decrease of the moon, doth greatly help. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 667.

    There, as his dream foretold, a cart he found,
    That carry’d compost forth to dung the ground. Dryden.


  1. dung

    Dung is the solid waste produced by animals or insects, often used as fertilizer in agriculture due to its high nutrient content.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dung

    of Ding

  2. Dungnoun

    the excrement of an animal

  3. Dungverb

    to manure with dung

  4. Dungverb

    to immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung; -- done to remove the superfluous mordant

  5. Dungverb

    to void excrement

  6. Etymology: [AS. dung; akin to G. dung, dnger, OHG. tunga, Sw. dynga; cf. Icel. dyngja heap, Dan. dynge, MHG. tunc underground dwelling place, orig., covered with dung. Cf. Dingy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dung

    dung, n. the excrement of animals: refuse litter mixed with excrement.—v.t. to manure with dung.—v.i. to void excrement.—ns. Dung′-bee′tle, the dor-beetle: (pl.) the scarabæoid beetles generally; Dung′-fork, a fork used for moving stable manure; Dung′hill, a heap of dung: any mean situation; Dung′mere, a manure-pit.—adj. Dung′y. [A.S. dung; cf. Dan. dynge, a heap; Ger. dung.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Dung


    Etymology: Asian surname

    Submitted by anonymous on July 13, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DUNG

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dung is ranked #50275 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dung surname appeared 416 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dung.

    87.5% or 364 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.5% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.5% or 19 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dung in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dung in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dung in a Sentence

  1. Desiderius Erasmus:

    They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.

  2. Vladimir Pitulko:

    Indeed, these animals provide an endless source of different goods: food with meat, fat and marrow; fuel with dung, fat and bones; and raw material with long bones and ivory, they certainly would use them as food, especially certain parts like tongue or liver as a delicacy, but hunting for the ivory was more important.

  3. Jean Baudrillard:

    A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth -- either epileptic or dead.

  4. Paula Ansley:

    We were very aware that if we are making a gin from dung, we have to make a good gin, otherwise it's only ever going to be gimmicky.

  5. Farmer Phub Zam:

    Now, from leaves to cow dung to chicken poop, everything is used, i have no trash, only compost.

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