Word of the Day: Dung


dung / dŭng


1. the excrement of animals; manure

Dung is no saint, but where it falls it works miracles.

Spanish Proverb

2. something that is revolting or disgusting

One had better not rush, otherwise dung comes out rather than creative work.

From a Letter to A. S. Suvorin from Anton Chekhov, 1860 – 1904


1. to apply manure to soil to fertilize

There, as his dream foretold, a cart he found,

That carry’d compost forth to dung the ground.

From “The Cock and the Fox” by John Dryden, 1631 – 1700