• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dun-bird the pochard
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dun, most prob. Celt.; W. dwn, dusky, Gael. donn, brown.


In literature:

Dun How would you like the left wing of a canary bird?
"Our American Cousin" by Tom Taylor
Give me Fly's dun pup instead, and take the bird home.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
In the dun gaslight of the corridor her sharp profile looked eager as the face of a hungry bird.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The females and young birds of the Goosander and Merganser are popularly called Dun-divers.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns

In news:

The appearance of the vegetarian lemongrass chicken at Hoa Sen is limp, almost revolting: dun-colored lengths of soy shaved to the thinness of shawarma, looking more like noodles than any bird that ever flapped upon this good earth.