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[duhng] /dʌŋ/
excrement, especially of animals; manure.
verb (used with object)
to manure (ground) with or as if with dung.
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Low German, German dung; compare Icelandic dyngja heap, dung, Swedish dynga dung, muck, Old High German tunga manuring
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dungy, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dungy


  1. excrement, esp of animals; manure
  2. (as modifier) dung cart
something filthy
(transitive) to cover (ground) with manure
Derived Forms
dungy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English: prison; related to Old High German tunc cellar roofed with dung, Old Norse dyngja manure heap
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Word Origin and History for dungy
O.E. dung "manure," from PIE *dhengh- "covering" (cf. Lith. dengti "to cover," O.Ir. dingim "I press"); the word recalls the ancient Gmc. custom (reported by Tacitus) of covering underground shelters with manure to keep in warmth in winter.
"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" [1824].
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dungy in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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