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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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  • gowan was preparing for the return trip up along the cañon to the starting point.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • This gowan when he had talked about a Paradise, had gone up to her and taken her hand.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He examined with minute care the loop and knot with which gowan and Isobel had made the rope fast around the point of rock.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • Clennam was beginning, 'But on the other hand—' when gowan took him up.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Then, seeing that gowan had heard her, she looked at him piteously.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I know perfectly well why you have been taking such an interest in this Mrs gowan.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He read the letter with frowning deliberation, and passed it on to gowan.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • Drawn by his odd manner, Knowles and gowan came over to stare at him.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
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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