from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river, about 48 km (30 mi) long, of southwest Scotland flowing through Loch Doon to the Firth of Clyde south of Ayr. The river is immortalized in the poetry of Robert Burns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Scotch form of down.
  • n. A large tree of Ceylon, Doona Zeylanica, of the natural order Dipterocarpaceæ. The timber is much used for building, and the tree also yields a resin which is made into varnish.


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  • Thou would be found deep drown’d in Doon;/Or catch’d wi’ warlocks in the mirk,/By

    National Demons: Robert Burns, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Folk in the Forest

  • We visited a wee cottage where her grandparents had lived and went on to a holy shrine called Doon Well.

    The Woman I Was Born to Be

  • Entrepreneurs still make money, even though they charge less than schools such as Doon School, which charges Rs127,000 a year.

    Capitalism without Capital, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Often housed in small tenements and cramped buildings, the schools are as far removed as possible from the rarefied corridors of India's elite private establishments, such as Doon School in the Himalayan foothills.

    Capitalism without Capital, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • John Fry thought this was the very first fight that ever had befallen me; and so when they let him at the gate, 'with a message to the headmaster,' as one of the monitors told Cop, and Peggy and Smiler were tied to the railings, till I should be through my business, John comes up to me with the tears in his eyes, and says, 'Doon't thee goo for to do it, Jan; doon't thee do it, for gude now.'

    Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

  • Ms. Clachan's sometimes hilarious costumes have a relevance you seldom encounter in a contemporary play—especially Doon Mackichan's for her burlesque routine, intended to "empower" her aging, sexually frustrated, unemployed actress.

    Smart and Snappy, 'Jumpy' Crackles

  • I like 2010 Big House White, a brand that was once part of Bonny Doon Vineyard, but is now part of Underdog Wine Merchants.

    Mary Orlin: Memorial Day Weekend Wine -- It's in the Bag

  • Doon Mackichan as the mayor's wife offers a wonderfully funny portrait of social pretension carried to the point of dementia so that, even when the truth is revealed, she is still locked into her ecstatic dream.

    Government Inspector – review

  • This is a short film made about Diane Arbus and features her daughter Doon, teacher Lisette Model, colleague Marvin Israel, and John Szarkowski, at that time the director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art. Via accidental mysteries

    Diane Arbus

  • There are three small towns along this coast: San Gregorio, Pescadero and Davenport as well as the community of Bonny Doon.

    Wallace J Nichols: Our Left Coast


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