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Definition awn

Etymology

From Middle English aw(u)ne, agune, agene, from Old Danish aghn (compare modern Danish avne), from Proto-Germanic *aganō, *ahanō (“chaff”) (compare Old English ægnan, Dutch agen, German Ahne, Agen), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱanā (compare Latin agna (“ear of wheat”), Lithuanian ašnìs (“edge, blade”), Czech osina, Ancient Greek ἄκαινα (ákaina, “spike, prick”), ἄκανος (ákanos, “pine-thistle”), Sanskrit अशनि (aśáni, “thunderbolt, arrow tip”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (“sharp”). More at edge.

Noun

awn (plural awns)

  1. The bristle or beard of barley, oats, grasses, etc., or any similar bristlelike appendage; arista.

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