[doon, dyoon]
a sand hill or sand ridge formed by the wind, usually in desert regions or near lakes and oceans.

1780–90; < French, Old French < Middle Dutch dūna; cognate with down3

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dune (djuːn)
a mound or ridge of drifted sand, occurring on the sea coast and in deserts
[C18: via Old French from Middle Dutch dūne; see down³]

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Word Origin & History

1790, from Fr., M.Du. or M.L.G., all of which had the word in similar form, all perhaps from Gaulish *dunom (thus related to down (n.2) and to town).
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A hill or ridge of wind-blown sand. Dunes are capable of moving by the motion of their individual grains but usually keep the same shape. See more at barchan dune, draa, longitudinal dune, seif dune, transverse dune.

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The sounds made by dune avalanches has mystified people for centuries.
The image above shows a dune field on the floor of a crater made by an asteroid
The photographer used the sweep of the dune to frame the plant and applied the
  rule of thirds in composing the landscape.
Behind the marsh the occasional dune humped into view.
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