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dune

[doon, dyoon] /dun, dyun/
noun
1.
a sand hill or sand ridge formed by the wind, usually in desert regions or near lakes and oceans.
Origin of dune
1780-1790
1780-90; < French, Old French < Middle Dutch dūna; cognate with down3
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  • Renmark threw himself down on the soft sand at the foot of a dune.

  • What hae ye ever dune to gie a body ony richt to believe in ye?

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Then, above the edge of the dune, showed Seth's head and arm.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Neither Seth nor the housekeeper came out from behind that dune.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It's time I went on and got the dune tonic for my foolish nerves.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • At the dune top, the real magnitude of the storm was apparent.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • It wad ill become me, efter a' he's dune for us, to steek the door in's face.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • It was not the first time that he and she had been upon the dune together.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • The long beach, with its walls of foam and of dune, stretched on without change.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
British Dictionary definitions for dune

dune

/djuːn/
noun
1.
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
n.

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
dune
  (dn)   

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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