1 [buhn]
any of a wide variety of variously shaped bread rolls, usually leavened and slightly sweetened or plain, sometimes containing spices, dried currants, etc.
hair gathered into a round coil or knot at the nape of the neck or on top of the head in certain coiffures.
buns, Slang. the buttocks.

1325–75; Middle English bunne, of obscure origin

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buns (bʌnz)
pl n
informal chiefly (US) the buttocks

bun (bʌn)
1.  a small roll, similar to bread but usually containing sweetening, currants, spices, etc
2.  any of various types of small round sweet cakes
3.  a hairstyle in which long hair is gathered into a bun shape at the back of the head
4.  slang have a bun in the oven to be pregnant
[C14: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., origin obscure, perhaps from O.Fr. buignete "a fritter," originally "boil, swelling," dim. of buigne "swelling from a blow, bump on the head," from a Gmc. source (cf. M.H.G. bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaul. *bunia (cf. Gael. bonnach). Of hair coiled at the back of the head, first attested
1894. The first record of buns in the sense of "male buttocks" is from 1960s; but the singular form meant "tail of a hare" (1530s) in Scottish and northern England dialect and was transferred to human beings (and conveniently rhymed with nun in ribald ballads). This may be an entirely different word.
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BUN abbr.
blood urea nitrogen

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blood urea nitrogen
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