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Dictionary Definition

dung n : fecal matter of animals [syn: droppings, muck]


1 fertilize or dress with dung; "you must dung the land"
2 defecate; used of animals

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  1. Manure; animal excrement.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act III, scene iv, line 129
      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
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Malachi 2:3
      Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 496
      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.
  2. A type of manure, as from a particular species or type of animal.




  1. To fertilize with dung.
  2. In the context of "transitive|Calico printing": To immerse or steep, as calico, in a bath of hot water containing cow dung, done to remove the superfluous mordant.
  3. To void excrement.


to fertilize with dung

Extensive Definition

Dung can refer to human or animal feces
  • Dung, animal feces
  • Dung, a commune in the Doubs département of France
dung in German: Dung

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

BM, ammonia, bowel movement, buffalo chips, ca-ca, castor-bean meal, commercial fertilizer, compost, coprolite, coprolith, cow, cow chips, cow flops, cow pats, crap, defecation, dingleberry, dressing, droppings, enrichener, excrement, feces, feculence, fertilizer, guano, jakes, manure, movement, muck, night soil, nitrate, nitrogen, ordure, organic fertilizer, phosphate, sewage, sewerage, shit, stool, superphosphate, turd
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