Origin of gean
First recorded in 1525–35, gean is from the Middle French word guigne, of uncertain origin
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The "geans" grew thick in Scotland, and they were black ripe now.Highways and Byways in The Border
The Greeks had learned the art of trading from the geans who had been the pupils of the Phnicians.
In the time of Egyptian supremacy they called their country Asi, and this name inclines one to connect the people with the geans.
And when he had learned everything the geans could teach him he turned upon his teachers and drove them back to their islands.
We have to reconstruct the record of their adventures from the ruins which the geans have left behind.
- Also called: wild cherry a white-flowered rosaceous tree, Prunus avium, of Europe, W Asia, and N Africa, the ancestor of the cultivated sweet cherries
- See sweet cherry (def. 2)
C16: from Old French guine
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