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[duhn-suh-neyn, duhn-suh-neyn] /ˈdʌn səˌneɪn, ˌdʌn səˈneɪn/
a hill NE of Perth, in central Scotland: a ruined fort on its summit is traditionally called Macbeth's Castle. 1012 feet (308 meters). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But Birnam wood was come to Dunsinane at last, and the messenger sped.

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  • "'Till Birnam wood do come to Dunsinane," muttered Greta, smiling.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • “Birnam wood is coming to Dunsinane,” said the doctor loudly.

    Bunyip Land George Manville Fenn
  • It seems not improbable that Birnam wood should come to Dunsinane.

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  • The Confederates felt that Birnam wood had come to Dunsinane.

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  • And once there stood here the castle of Dunsinane where a certain Lady walked in her sleep, and then slept.

    The Spell of Scotland

    Keith Clark
  • Malcolm razed that castle after he had returned from England, and after Birnam wood had come to Dunsinane.

    The Spell of Scotland

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  • But others say that Macbeth turned back from the strong castle and its brave defenders, and returned to his own home at Dunsinane.

  • Birnam wood seemed to come to Dunsinane, and Banquo's seed came in due time to inherit the throne the fates had reserved for them.

British Dictionary definitions for Dunsinane


a hill in central Scotland, in the Sidlaw Hills: the ruined fort at its summit is regarded as Macbeth's castle. Height: 308 m (1012 ft)
Usage note
The pronunciationˈdʌnsɪˌneɪn is used in Shakespeare's Macbeth for the purposes of rhyme
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