[soh-uh nz, soo-]
- porridge made from oat bran or husks that have been soaked in water, slightly fermented, and then boiled.
Origin of sowens
1575–85; < Scots Gaelic sùghan, derivative of sùgh sap
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Examples from the Web for sowens
He is a poet, and, according to his idea of that race, they subsist entirely upon porridge or on sowens.
Ousen milk, sowens, or flummery not boiled; used instead of milk, Dumfr.An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language
Sowens, a dish made by steeping, fermenting, and then boiling the husks or siftings of oats in water.
Sowans, sowens; a sort of flummery or gruel usually made and eaten on Hallow Eve.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
Sowens, pottage made of the dust in oatmeal seeds steeped and soured.The Proverbs of Scotland
- Scot a pudding made from oatmeal husks steeped and boiled
C16: from Scottish Gaelic sùghan, from sùfgh sap; related to Old High German sūgan to suck
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