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[gou-uh n]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. any of various yellow or white field flowers, especially the English daisy.

Origin of gowan

1560–70; earlier gollan < Old Norse gollinn golden
Related formsgow·aned, adjectivegow·an·y, adjective
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  • This Gowan when he had talked about a Paradise, had gone up to her and taken her hand.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This Gowan had plenty to say for himself, and said it in an off-hand and amusing manner.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr Gowan made it no concern of his whether it was nobody's or somebody's.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Clennam was beginning, 'But on the other hand—' when Gowan took him up.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She knew, or knew of, this Mrs Gowan before yesterday, and she may as well admit that she did.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for gowan

gowan

noun
  1. Scot any of various yellow or white flowers growing in fields, esp the common daisy
Derived Formsgowaned, adjectivegowany, adjective

Word Origin

C16: variant of gollan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gullin golden
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