Dung means animal droppings or waste. If you work at an elephant sanctuary, you're likely to spend a lot of time shoveling up elephant dung.

Dung is a tidy word for an untidy substance — animal poop. When farmers talk about cow dung or chicken dung, they'll probably call it manure instead. Some dung causes problems, like the runoff of pig dung into lakes and rivers, while other dung is used to help fertilize vegetable gardens. Dung is an Old English word, from a Germanic root — in Old High German, a tung was an underground room that was covered with dung for warmth.

Definitions of dung
  1. noun
    fecal matter of animals
    synonyms: droppings, muck
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    buffalo chip, chip, cow chip, cow dung
    a piece of dried bovine dung
    fossil excrement; petrified dung
    pigeon droppings
    droppings of pigeons
    cow pie, cowpie
    fecal matter of a cow
    type of:
    BM, dejection, faecal matter, faeces, fecal matter, feces, ordure, stool
    solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
  2. verb
    fertilize or dress with dung
    “you must dung the land”
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    type of:
    feed, fertilise, fertilize
    provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
  3. verb
    defecate; used of animals
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    type of:
    ca-ca, crap, defecate, make, stool, take a crap
    have a bowel movement
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