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[kurn; Scot. kirn]Scot. and North England
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to churn.
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  1. a churn.
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Also kern.

Origin of kirn1

1300–50; Middle English kirne (noun) < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kirnuaskr a churn; cognate with churn


[kurn; Scot. kirn]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
  2. the harvesting of the last handful of corn, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers.Compare kemp1(def 2).
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Also kern, kurn.

Origin of kirn2

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1
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