verb (used with object)
Origin of dung
Examples from the Web for dung
Private parts, be they of ducks, damselflies or dung beetles, turn out to have evolved novel forms at breakneck speeds.Oh, if These Penises and Vaginas Could Talk: Genitalia as Tools, Toys, and Weapons|Menno Schilthuizen|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rhino tend to stick close to their “middens”—dung piles—and this predictably makes them even more vulnerable.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too|Joanna Eede|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dung is to Ofili what beds are to Tracey Emin or formaldehyde is to Damien Hirst.
They should have eighteen inches depth of dung to bring them up, and six or seven inches depth of light rich mould.
Its presence is often unsuspected until one or more of the worms are noticed in the dung of the pig.The Pig|Sanders Spencer
In the tent my guard lighted a fire of yak's dung, and the tent was filled with a suffocating smoke, which well-nigh choked me.In the Forbidden Land|Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Many of the species grow in dung, as the name implies, or on recently manured ground.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
The Posterior Cox are only conspicuously enlarged in some particular species (dung beetles).
British Dictionary definitions for dung
- excrement, esp of animals; manure
- (as modifier)dung cart
Word Origin for dung
Word Origin and History for dung
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.