From Middle English dust, doust, from Old English dūst ("dust, dried earth reduced to powder; other dry material reduced to powder"), from the fusion of Proto-Germanic *dustą ("dust") and *dunstą, both from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- ("to smoke, raise dust").
Cognate with Scots dust, dist, Dutch duist ("pollen, dust") and dons, German Dust ("dust") and Dunst, Swedish dust ("dust"), Icelandic dust ("dust"), Latin fūmus ("smoke, steam"). Also related to Swedish dun ("down, fluff"), Icelandic dúnn ("down, fluff"). See down.
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