[soh-uh nz, soo-]
- porridge made from oat bran or husks that have been soaked in water, slightly fermented, and then boiled.
Origin of sowens
1575–85; < Scots Gaelic sùghan, derivative of sùgh sap
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Examples from the Web for sowens
He is a poet, and, according to his idea of that race, they subsist entirely upon porridge or on sowens.
Ousen milk, sowens, or flummery not boiled; used instead of milk, Dumfr.An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language
Sowens, a dish made by steeping, fermenting, and then boiling the husks or siftings of oats in water.
Sowans, sowens; a sort of flummery or gruel usually made and eaten on Hallow Eve.English As We Speak It in Ireland</p>
P. W. Joyce
Sowens, pottage made of the dust in oatmeal seeds steeped and soured.The Proverbs of Scotland
- Scot a pudding made from oatmeal husks steeped and boiled
C16: from Scottish Gaelic sùghan, from sùfgh sap; related to Old High German sūgan to suck
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