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gowan

[gou-uh n] /ˈgaʊ ən/
noun, Scot. and North England.
1.
any of various yellow or white field flowers, especially the English daisy.
Origin of gowan
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier gollan < Old Norse gollinn golden
Related forms
gowaned, adjective
gowany, adjective
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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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  • Mr gowan made it no concern of his whether it was nobody's or somebody's.

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

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

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

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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

gowan

/ˈɡaʊən/
noun
1.
(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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