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(ôn),USA pronunciation n. [Bot.]
- a bristlelike appendage of a plant, esp. on the glumes of grasses.
- such appendages collectively, as those forming the beard of wheat, barley, etc.
- any similar bristle.
- 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
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awn /ɔːn/ n
Etymology: Old English agen ear of grain; related to Old Norse ögn chaff, Gothic ahana, Old High German agana, Greek akōn javelinawned adj
- any of the bristles growing from the spikelets of certain grasses, including cereals
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