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dust bunnies

fluffy dirt under furniture


dust bunnies = Wollmäuse, Staubflocken



“As I was performing this task, I noticed that the interior of my PC had collected a fair amount of dust, so I grabbed a can of compressed air and cleaned out all the little DUST BUNNIES.”

ExtremeTech Magazine

“Better continuous management of payables, receivables, and inventory, he argues, would go a long way toward minimizing the financial equivalent of giant DUST BUNNIES under the bed…”

CFO Magazine

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dust bunnies
noun phrase (informal)

-  a ball of dust that forms under furniture or on floors that have not been cleaned

- a mass of fine, dry particles of matter, especially hair and skin particles, that is formed by static electricity

Cambridge Dictionary / The American Heritage Dictionary


Although the origin of “dust bunny” is unknown, the problem is universal – different languages use different metaphors:

- Bengali (Dhulo Khorgosh) = dust rabbits

- Dutch (stofpluizen) = lints* of fluff

- English = dust bunny

- Finnish (villakoira) = poodle wool

- French (moutons) = sheep

- German (Wollmäuse) = wool mice

- Hebrew = dust curls

- Hungarian (porcica) = dust kitten

- Italian (gatti di polvere) = dust cats

- Norwegian (hybelkaniner) lodging bunnies

- Polish (koty) = cats

- Portuguese (cotão) = lint*

- Spanish (pelusa) = lint*

- Swedish (dammråttor) = dust rats

*lint = Fussel


1. People have been trying to get rid of household dust for ages, and the first vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901. This vacuum was so large it was horse drawn, had to be parked outside, and ran on gasoline.

2. The Sahara desert is the largest source of dust in the entire world. 770 million tons of dust from this desert blows across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, where it fertilizes the Ocean and the Amazon rainforest.

3. Each year the Earth gains about 40,000 tons of cosmic dust that falls on it from space in the form of micrometeorites.

4. Dust particles have been used in forensics to solve crimes, with the earliest use of this technique dating back to the early 1900s.

5. Dust is responsible for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as the dust in the atmosphere absorbs blue and green colors but allows the orange and red colors through. This creates the colors that we see during a sunrise or sunset.

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