[ gou-uh n ]
/ ˈgaʊ ən /

noun Scot. and North England.

any of various yellow or white field flowers, especially the English daisy.

Origin of gowan

1560–70; earlier gollan < Old Norse gollinn golden
Related formsgow·aned, adjectivegow·an·y, adjective
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/ (ˈɡaʊən) /


Scot any of various yellow or white flowers growing in fields, esp the common daisy
Derived Formsgowaned, adjectivegowany, adjective

Word Origin for gowan

C16: variant of gollan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gullin golden
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