EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Botany a bristlelike appendage of a plant, especially on the glumes of grasses. such appendages collectively, as those forming the beard of wheat, barley, etc. any similar bristle. Origin of awn 1250–1300; Middle English aw(u)n, agune, agene, probably < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ǫgn, Old Danish aghn husk; replacing and cognate with Old English ægnan; cognate with Gothic ahana, Old High German agana ( German Agen, Ahne), Dutch, Frisian agen; OL agna ear of grain, Czech osina awn; Greek ákaina thorn, bristle, ákhnē chaff (< a pre-Hellenic substratum language); < Indo-European *H sharp aeḱ- Related forms awned, adjective awn·less, adjective un·awned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for awned Historical Examples of awned British Dictionary definitions for awned noun any of the bristles growing from the spikelets of certain grasses, including cereals Derived Forms awned, adjective awnless, adjective Word Origin for awn
agen ear of grain; related to Old Norse ögn chaff, Gothic ahana, Old High German agana, Greek akōn javelin
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Word Origin and History for awned n.
"bristly fibers on grain of plants," c.1300, from Old Norse
ögn, from Proto-Germanic *agano (cf. Old English egenu, Old High German agana, German Ahne, Gothic ahana), from PIE *ak-ona- (cf. Sanskrit asani- "arrowhead," Greek akhne "husk of wheat," Latin acus "chaff," Lithuanian akuotas "beard, awn"); suffixed form of PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid).
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A slender, bristlelike appendage found on the spikelets of many grasses.
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