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 for mung
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mung \Mung\ (m[u^]ng), n. [Hind. m[=u]ng.] (Bot.)
     Green gram, a kind of legume (pulse) ({Vigna radiata syn.
     Phaseolus aureus, syn. Phaseolus Mungo), grown for food
     in British India; called also gram, mung bean, Chinese
     mung bean, and green-seeded mung bean. It is an erect,
     bushy annual producing edible green or yellow seeds, and
     edible pods and young sprouts. --Balfour (Cyc. of India).
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mung
      n 1: erect bushy annual widely cultivated in warm regions of
           India and Indonesia and United States for forage and
           especially its edible seeds; chief source of bean sprouts
           used in Chinese cookery; sometimes placed in genus
           Phaseolus [syn: mung, mung bean, green gram, golden
           gram, Vigna radiata, Phaseolus aureus]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  mung
   /muhng/, vt.
  
      [in 1960 at MIT, ?Mash Until No Good?; sometime after that the derivation
      from the recursive acronym ?Mung Until No Good? became standard; but see
      munge]
  
      1. To make changes to a file, esp. large-scale and irrevocable changes. See
      BLT.
  
      2. To destroy, usually accidentally, occasionally maliciously. The system
      only mungs things maliciously; this is a consequence of Finagle's Law.
      See scribble, mangle, trash, nuke. Reports from Usenet suggest
      that the pronunciation /muhnj/ is now usual in speech, but the spelling
      ?mung? is still common in program comments (compare the widespread
      confusion over the proper spelling of kluge).
  
      3. In the wake of the spam epidemics of the 1990s, mung is now commonly
      used to describe the act of modifying an email address in a sig block in a
      way that human beings can readily reverse but that will fool an address
      harvester. Example: johnNOSPAMsmith@isp.net.
  
      4. The kind of beans the sprouts of which are used in Chinese food. (That's
      their real name! Mung beans! Really!)
  
      Like many early hacker terms, this one seems to have originated at TMRC;
      it was already in use there in 1958. Peter Samson (compiler of the original
      TMRC lexicon) thinks it may originally have been onomatopoeic for the sound
      of a relay spring (contact) being twanged. However, it is known that during
      the World Wars, ?mung? was U.S.: army slang for the ersatz creamed chipped
      beef better known as ?SOS?, and it seems quite likely that the word in fact
      goes back to Scots-dialect munge.
  
      Charles Mackay's 1874 book Lost Beauties of the English Language defined ?
      mung? as follows: ?Preterite of ming, to ming or mingle; when the
      substantive meaning of mingled food of bread, potatoes, etc. thrown to
      poultry. In America, ?mung news? is a common expression applied to false
      news, but probably having its derivation from mingled (or mung) news, in
      which the true and the false are so mixed up together that it is impossible
      to distinguish one from another.?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  mung
  
     /muhng/ (MIT, 1960) Mash Until No Good.
  
     Sometime after that the derivation from the recursive
     acronym "Mung Until No Good" became standard.  1. To make
     changes to a file, especially large-scale and irrevocable
     changes.
  
     See BLT.
  
     2. To destroy, usually accidentally, occasionally maliciously.
     The system only mungs things maliciously; this is a
     consequence of Finagle's Law.
  
     See scribble, mangle, trash, nuke.
  
     Reports from Usenet suggest that the pronunciation /muhnj/
     is now usual in speech, but the spelling "mung" is still
     common in program comments (compare the widespread confusion
     over the proper spelling of kluge).
  
     3. The kind of beans of which the sprouts are used in Chinese
     food.  (That's their real name!  Mung beans!  Really!)
  
     Like many early hacker terms, this one seems to have
     originated at TMRC; it was already in use there in 1958.
     Peter Samson (compiler of the original TMRC lexicon) thinks it
     may originally have been onomatopoeic for the sound of a relay
     spring (contact) being twanged.  However, it is known that
     during the World Wars, "mung" was army slang for the ersatz
     creamed chipped beef better known as "SOS".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-02)
  

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