dingleberry

[ding-guh l-ber-ee]

noun, plural din·gle·ber·ries.

Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal.

Origin of dingleberry

1920–25; perhaps dingle + berry; perhaps by association with dangle
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Word Origin and History for dingleberry
n.

by 1973, perhaps with suggestions of dangle and berry. Attested from late 19c. through 1930s as a humorous-sounding surname in comedic writing.

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