- excrement, especially of animals; manure.
- to manure (ground) with or as if with dung.
Origin of dung
Examples from the Web for dung
Contemporary Examples of 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
May 1, 2014
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
February 18, 2014
Dung is to Ofili what beds are to Tracey Emin or formaldehyde is to Damien Hirst.Chris Ofili's Art of Brightness
February 4, 2010
Historical Examples of dung
I must fill the bin of the oxen with hay, and water them, and carry out the dung.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
IN a city in the neighborhood of Kaiutschou there once lived a constable by the name of Dung.
Dung was agreeable and asked: “But what really brings you here?”
Every morning their dung is carried away, and they are well curried and combed.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Found on dung and in richly manured pastures, from July to frost.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- excrement, esp of animals; manure
- (as modifier)dung cart
- something filthy
- (tr) to cover (ground) with manure
Word Origin 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.