noun (dungs, -)
- Manure; animal excrement.
- (countable) A type of manure, as from a particular species or type of animal.
- Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread upon your faces, even the of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. — Malichi 2:3.
- 1605: Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt, and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets; swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog; drinks the green mantle of the standing pool... — William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act III, Scene IV, line 129.
- 1882: The labourer at the dung cart is paid at 3d. or 4d. a day; and on one estate, Lullington, scattering dung is paid a 5d. the hundred heaps. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, page 496.
Etymology: Middle English from Old English.
- (transitive) To fertilize with dung.
- (transitive) (Calico Printing) To immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung, done to remove the superfluous mordant.
- (intransitive) To void excrement.
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