acorn

[ ey-kawrn, ey-kern ]
/ ˈeɪ kɔrn, ˈeɪ kərn /

noun

the typically ovoid fruit or nut of an oak, enclosed at the base by a cupule.
a finial or knop, as on a piece of furniture, in the form of an acorn.

Origin of acorn

before 1000; Middle English acorne (influenced by corn1), replacing akern, Old English æcern, æcren mast, oak-mast; cognate with Old Norse akarn fruit of wild trees, Middle High German ackeran acorn, Gothic akran fruit, yield < Germanic *akrana-; alleged derivation from base of acre is dubious if original reference was to wild trees

Related forms

a·corned, adjective
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acorn

/ (ˈeɪkɔːn) /

noun

the fruit of an oak tree, consisting of a smooth thick-walled nut in a woody scaly cuplike base

Word Origin for acorn

C16: a variant (through influence of corn) of Old English æcern the fruit of a tree, acorn; related to Gothic akran fruit, yield
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