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[gou-uh n] /ˈgaʊ ən/
noun, Scot. and North England.
any of various yellow or white field flowers, especially the English daisy.
Origin of gowan
1560-70; earlier gollan < Old Norse gollinn golden
Related forms
gowaned, adjective
gowany, adjective Unabridged
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  • This gowan when he had talked about a Paradise, had gone up to her and taken her hand.

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

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

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  • Mr Dorrit could erect no—hum—suspicion of that kind on Mr gowan's frankness.

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  • Drawn by his odd manner, Knowles and gowan came over to stare at him.

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British Dictionary definitions for gowan


(Scot) any of various yellow or white flowers growing in fields, esp the common daisy
Derived Forms
gowaned, adjective
gowany, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of gollan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gullin golden
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