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Etymology

Middle English from Old English.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
dung

Plural
dungs

dung (dungs)
  1. Manure; animal excrement.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act III, scene iv, line 129
      Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt, and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool []
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Malachi 2:3
      Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 496
      The labourer at the dung cart is paid at 3d. or 4d. a day; and on one estate, Lullington, scattering dung is paid a 5d. the hundred heaps.
  2. (countable) A type of manure, as from a particular species or type of animal.

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Verb

Infinitive
to dung

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to dung (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To fertilize with dung.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung, done to remove the superfluous mordant.
  3. (intransitive) To void excrement.

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