• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Faluns (Geol) A series of strata, of the Middle Tertiary period, of France, abounding in shells, and used by Lyell as the type of his Miocene subdivision.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • faluns In geology, strata of Miocene Tertiary age occurring in Touraine, France. They occur in widely extended but isolated patches, rarely more than fifty feet thick, and have long been used as a fertilizer. The rock consists of a coarse breccia of shells and shell-fragments, mixed with sand, and in places passing into limestone. It also contains numerous bones of mammals, of species indicating a warmer climate than that of the region at the present time.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

He took charge of the boys and, when the trip was ended, started a school at Falun, where he taught mineralogy.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
Go to Falun, and be a miner.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Faluns of Touraine, 142.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Swedberg, who was born near Falun, Sweden, in the year 1653, was the first important hymnist of his native land.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
Isolated masses of these faluns occur from near the mouth of the Loire, near Nantes, as far as a district south of Tours.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Within the town boundary is the famous Falun copper-mine, formerly the richest in Sweden, and worked for 500 years.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
She was one of Fru Hansson's guests and came from Falun (=fae'lun=) in the province of Dalecarlia (=dae'le-kaer'li-a=).
"Little Erik of Sweden" by Madeline Brandeis
Falun has also railway rolling-stock factories.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Following Up on the Plight of the Falun Gong .
At least 2,000 followers of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement have been detained in China in the last week, the official holiday period for the Lunar New Year, a Hong Kong human rights group said.
Falun Gong Spiritual Movement.
An apparently nonpolitical sect, Falun Gong , that emphasizes meditation and exercises has attracted so many followers, the government sees it as a threat.
I no sooner got finished reporting here on China's trade in human organs filched from Falun Gong cadavers that I saw this piece in the London Times.
Falun Gong practitioner Frank Xie will talk about the practice, which is outlawed in his native China, at a meeting of the CSRA Peace Alliance.
I understood, vaguely, that Beijing sees Falun Gong 's push for spiritual meaning as a threat to the materialistic meaning the Communist Party and its economic gospel provide.
Followers of spiritual group Falun Gong display a placard in Hong Kong on April 25, 2009, to protest against China, which banned the group in 1999.
The existence of aliens is a peripheral concept mentioned in passing in Falun Gong 's texts.
It plays no important role in either Falun Gong 's greater cosmology.
As the Zhang family of Plum peacefully practiced Falun Dafa on a recent weekend in Schenley Park, about 10,000 Chinese protesters performed the same yoga-like movements on sidewalks near Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
Dissidents claim China has used torture and organ harvesting to suppress the Falun Gong.
Jerri Murphy of Las Vegas practices a Falun Dafa exercise with others Sunday at Desert Breeze Park.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual philosophy with the goal of improving mental and physical health.
"Zemin uses all of his power to persecute Falun Gong," Foo said.