excrement, especially of animals; manure.
verb (used with object)
to manure (ground) with or as if with dung.
(transitive) to cover (ground) with manure
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.
(1.) Used as manure (Luke 13:8); collected outside the city walls (Neh. 2:13). Of sacrifices, burned outside the camp (Ex. 29:14; Lev. 4:11; 8:17; Num. 19:5). To be “cast out as dung,” a figurative expression (1 Kings 14:10; 2 Kings 9:37; Jer. 8:2; Ps. 18:42), meaning to be rejected as unprofitable. (2.) Used as fuel, a substitute for firewood, which was with difficulty procured in Syria, Arabia, and Egypt (Ezek. 4:12-15), where cows’ and camels’ dung is used to the present day for this purpose.
/dʌnˈɡænən/ noun 1. a district of S Northern Ireland, in Co Tyrone. Pop: 48 695 (2003 est). Area: 783 sq km (302 sq miles)
[duhng-guh-ree] /ˌdʌŋ gəˈri/ noun 1. dungarees. 2. blue denim. /ˌdʌŋɡəˈriː/ noun 1. a coarse cotton fabric used chiefly for work clothes, etc 2. (pl) 3. (US) trousers 1610s, dongerijns, from Hindi dungri “coarse calico,” from the name of a village, now one of the quarters of Bombay.
[duhng-guh-ree] /ˌdʌŋ gəˈri/ noun 1. dungarees. 2. blue denim. /ˌdʌŋɡəˈriː/ noun 1. a coarse cotton fabric used chiefly for work clothes, etc 2. (pl) 3. (US) trousers n. trousers made of dungaree, 1868. 1610s, dongerijns, from Hindi dungri “coarse calico,” from the name of a village, now one of the quarters of Bombay.
noun 1. any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung. noun 1. any of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung