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or who·dun·nit  (ho͞o-dŭn′ĭt)
n. Informal
A story dealing with a crime and its solution; a detective story.

[Alteration of who done it?]
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(huːˈdʌnɪt) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a novel, play, etc, concerned with a crime, usually murder
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