Meaning of “dung” in the English Dictionary


"dung" in English

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dungnoun [ U ]

uk /dʌŋ/ us /dʌŋ/

Examples from literature

  • Compost is like dung – full of nutrients for the soil. 
  • Maybe someone you know uses elephant dung to grow their flowers or food! 
  • These animals also eat grass, so their dung is good for the soil. 
  • Zoos sell the dung of elephants, giraffes, and rhinoceroses to farmers. 
  • Dry Cattle-dung.—The dry dung of cattle and other animals, as found on the ground, is very generally used throughout the world, in default of better fuel, and there is nothing whatever objectionable in employing it. 
  • In the fermentation of dung, a very considerable proportion of the organic matters in fresh manure is dissipated into the air in the form of carbonic acid and other gases. 
  • No fecal matter, dung, garbage, or entrails of animals killed shall be put into ditches or rivers or other waters, so that maladies and diseases will not be caused by corrupted and infected air. 
  • On further examination we found the dung of camels and horse or horses evidently tied up a long time ago. 
  • We don't know what some of them were doing, but one was carting dung up the hill-side. 

(Definition of “dung” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dung" in American English

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dungnoun [ U ]

us /dʌŋ/

(Definition of “dung” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)