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[doon, dyoon] /dun, dyun/
a sand hill or sand ridge formed by the wind, usually in desert regions or near lakes and oceans.
Origin of dune
1780-90; < French, Old French < Middle Dutch dūna; cognate with down3 Unabridged
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  • The master ignored his slaves, sitting heavily on the dune until he regained his breath after the stalk.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • It wad ill become me, efter a' he's dune for us, to steek the door in's face.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • She hastily pulled her signal banner from the pole, wadded it under her arm, and hurried down the dune to the hut.

    When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily
  • It was not the first time that he and she had been upon the dune together.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • The dark shape of a sandcar drew up over a dune and hummed to a stop.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • Each footstep an effort, he followed his own track up the dune.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • It's time I went on and got the dune tonic for my foolish nerves.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • Very ceevil I was, but when I had dune he just laughed and the rest they laughed after him.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Then, as we rounded the base of the dune, we almost walked into the door of a house.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for dune


a mound or ridge of drifted sand, occurring on the sea coast and in deserts
Word Origin
C18: via Old French from Middle Dutch dūne; see down³
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Word Origin and History for dune

1790, from French, Middle Dutch or Middle Low German dune, all perhaps from Gaulish *dunom (thus related to down (n.2)). The French dune "sand hill" (13c.) is held by Diez to be an Old French borrowing from Dutch duin or some other Germanic source. Italian and Spanish duna are from French. Dune buggy attested by 1965.

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dune in Science

A hill or ridge of wind-blown sand. Dunes are capable of moving by the motion of their individual grains but usually keep the same shape. See more at barchan dune, draa, longitudinal dune, seif dune, transverse dune.

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