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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DUNG

I must fill the bin of the oxen with hay, and water them, and carry out the dung.

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.

Found on dung and in richly manured pastures, from July to frost.

This plant is found on rich lawns recently manured, but principally on dung.

It is found on dung, as its name indicates, from June to September.

It is usually found on dung and on grassy lawns during May and June.

But be sure you set your trees, neither in dung nor barren earth.

I sought to pull my arm from his, but he dung to it and pinned it to his side.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Dung beetle attested by 1630s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DUNG

bowel movement

nounexpulsion of feces
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