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bawn

[bawn] /bɔn/
noun, Newfoundland.
1.
a rocky stretch of foreshore on which caught fish are laid out to dry.
2.
a patch of grassland or meadow near a dwelling.
Origin of bawn
1530-1540
1530-40; Hiberno-English < Irish bábhún (earlier spelling badhbhdhún, badhún) enclosure, perhaps equivalent to ba, plural of cow + dún fort; see cow1, town
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