- excrement, especially of animals; manure.
- to manure (ground) with or as if with dung.
Origin of dung
Examples from the Web for dunging
And thus much for the fashion, digging, and dunging of gardens.The English Husbandman
A process very similar to dunging is employed after dyeing, to clear and give purity to the undyed parts.
But what if a little culture about the roots (not dunging, which it abhors) and frequent stirring of the mould, double its growth?Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)
The operations of dunging and clearing are noticed above (see Dunging).
Dunging and scouring are commonly alternated, and are two of the most important steps in the process.
- excrement, esp of animals; manure
- (as modifier)dung cart
- something filthy
- (tr) to cover (ground) with manure
Word Origin and History for dunging
Old English dung "manure, fertilizer," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon dung "manure;" Old High German tunga "manuring," tung "underground room covered with manure;" German Dung; Old Norse dyngja "heap of manure, women's apartment; Swedish dynga "dung, muck;" Danish dynge "heap, mass, pile"), from PIE *dhengh- "covering" (cf. Lithuanian dengti "to cover," Old Irish dingim "I press").
The word recalls the ancient Germanic custom (reported by Tacitus) of covering underground shelters with manure to keep in warmth in winter. The meaning "animal excrement," whether used as fertilizer or not, is from late 13c.
The whole body of journeymen tailors is divided into two classes, denominated Flints and Dungs: the former work by the day and receive all equal wages; the latter work generally by the piece .
Dung beetle attested by 1630s.