- 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
Examples from the Web for awned
Historical Examples of awned
All of them may be awned as in Chloris or only the fourth glume as in Andropogon.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Agropyrum repens is also often awned and may be described here (see also p. 150).
Stamens 10; anthers 2-celled, awned on the back, opening lengthwise.
Awned or Awn-pointed, furnished with an awn or long bristle-shaped tip, 54.The Elements of Botany
It is doubtful whether these should not be regarded as awned: if so they come near Nardus—see p. 130.
- any of the bristles growing from the spikelets of certain grasses, including cereals
Word Origin for awn
"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).
- A slender, bristlelike appendage found on the spikelets of many grasses.