1Of a dull grayish-brown color: a dun cow
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- The prevailing greyish dun distances were relieved by colour, by small spots of cheerful intimacy in patches of cultivation the more precious for being sustained in such arduous circumstances.
- Into this dun world steps the elegant and cultured woman with vague ambitions to ‘tame inner-city thugs with recitations of poetry.’
- In literature the era of ‘offensively Australian’ nationalism and tediously dun naturalism was over.
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2.1A horse with a sandy or sandy-gray coat, black mane, tail, and lower legs, and a dark dorsal stripe.
- She was his mount, a unicorn mare with a dun's coat.
- The Indians ride bareback on paints (white horses with dark colored markings) and duns (grayish brown horses) with snaffle bridles.
- Three women were working in the kitchen and a man was sitting at the table, sipping black coffee from a cup bigger than the dun's hoof.
2.2A sub-adult mayfly, which has drab coloration and opaque wings.
- In July the three creeks - DePuy's, Nelson's, and Armstrong's - produce clouds of mayflies called pale morning duns, which draw monster rainbows to the surface.
- Later they take the emerging fly, the hatched dun (or ‘green drakes’) and the ovipositing (egg laying) spinner.
- But they can live for a week in the preceding stage, as winged, asexual duns; and before then, some live underwater for two or three years as nymphs.
verb (duns, dunning, dunned)[with object]
Make persistent demands on (someone), especially for payment of a debt: they would very likely start dunning you for payment of your taxes (as adjective dunning) she received two dunning letters from the bank
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- Have I decided to stop dunning you for contributions?
- They had been dunning me for a £10 bill I had naively thought I would leave to the next serious accounting.
- The Vendome incident would haunt him for a long time, since well after he had served his prison sentence the Republican government would be dunning him for 500,000 francs, the cost of restoring the column.
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early 17th century (as a noun): from obsolete Dunkirk privateer, from the French port of Dunkirk.
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