awn

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɔːn/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ôn)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
awn  (ôn),USA pronunciation n. [Bot.]
  1. a bristlelike appendage of a plant, esp. on the glumes of grasses.
  2. such appendages collectively, as those forming the beard of wheat, barley, etc.
  3. any similar bristle.
awned, adj. 
awnless, adj. 
  • Indo-European * Haeḱ- sharp
  • a pre-Hellenic substratum language);
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ǫgn, Old Danish aghn husk; replacing and cognate with Old English ægnan; cognate with Gothic ahana, Old High German agana (German Agen, Ahne), Dutch, Frisian agen; Old Latin agna ear of grain, Czech osina awn; Greek ákaina thorn, bristle, ákhnē chaff (
  • Middle English aw(u)n, agune, agene, probably 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
awn /ɔːn/ n
  1. any of the bristles growing from the spikelets of certain grasses, including cereals
Etymology: Old English agen ear of grain; related to Old Norse ögn chaff, Gothic ahana, Old High German agana, Greek akōn javelin

awned adj
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