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awn

 (ôn)
n. Botany
A slender bristle, especially one at the tip of a glume or lemma in a grass spikelet.

[Middle English awne, from Old Norse ögn or from Old English agen; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

awned adj.
awn′less adj.

awn

(ɔːn)
n
(Botany) any of the bristles growing from the spikelets of certain grasses, including cereals
[Old English agen ear of grain; related to Old Norse ögn chaff, Gothic ahana, Old High German agana, Greek akōn javelin]
awned adj
ˈawnless adj

awn

(ɔn)

n.
1. a bristlelike appendage of a plant, esp. on the glumes of grasses.
2. any similar bristle.
[1250–1300; Middle English aw(u)n, agune, agene, probably < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ǫgn, husk; Old English ægnan, c. Old High German agana, Gothic ahana, Old Latin agna ear of grain]
awned, adj.
awn′less, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.awn - slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grassesawn - slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses
beard - a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
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