Origin of acorn
Examples from the Web for acorn
Perhaps nowhere has an ACORN spin-off been as successful as one has in New York City.
ACORN was able to do a lot of things for low-income people, but they were stopped.
But my favorite story linked—inevitably—the navigator program to ACORN.What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters|Michael Tomasky|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These were the adopted symbols of the Vanderbilts, as “from an acorn a mighty oak shall grow.”
That would be pretty impressive, considering that Acorn no longer exists as an organization.
Is the freeing of the acorn and its tannin and other objectionable substances a practical consideration?
The acorn trees of the valleys had been taken from them; nothing remained but evil spirits in the land of his forefathers.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
Mush of acorn meal which I had left in my pot had been eaten.The Trail Book|Mary Austin
A staple article of food for the Indians in 1856, by the way, was the acorn.Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913|Harris Newmark
An apple tree has never grown from an acorn, or a peach tree from a chestnut.With the Children on Sunday|Sylvanus Stall
British Dictionary definitions for acorn
Word Origin for acorn
Word Origin and History for acorn
Old English æcern "nut," common Germanic (cf. Old Norse akarn, Dutch aker, Low German ecker "acorn," German Ecker, Gothic akran "fruit"), originally the mast of any forest tree, and ultimately related (via notion of "fruit of the open or unenclosed land") to Old English æcer "open land," Gothic akrs "field," Old French aigrun "fruits and vegetables" (from a Germanic source); see acre.
The sense gradually restricted in Low German, Scandinavian, and English to the most important of the forest produce for feeding swine, the mast of the oak tree. Spelling changed 15c.-16c. by folk etymology association with oak (Old English ac) and corn (n.1).