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a·corn

 (ā′kôrn′, ā′kərn)
n.
The fruit of an oak, consisting of a single-seeded, thick-walled nut set in a woody, cuplike base.

[Middle English akorn, from Old English æcern.]
Word History: A thoughtful glance at the word acorn might produce the surmise that it is made up of oak (from Old English āc) and corn, especially if we think of corn in its sense of "a kernel or seed of a plant," as in peppercorn. The fact that others thought the word was so constituted partly accounts for the present form acorn. Here we see the workings of the process of linguistic change known as folk etymology, an alteration in form of a word or phrase so that it resembles a more familiar term mistakenly regarded as analogous. Acorn actually goes back to Old English æcern, "acorn," which in turn goes back to the Indo-European root *ōg-, meaning "fruit, berry."

acorn

(ˈeɪkɔːn)
n
(Botany) the fruit of an oak tree, consisting of a smooth thick-walled nut in a woody scaly cuplike base
[C16: a variant (through influence of corn) of Old English æcern the fruit of a tree, acorn; related to Gothic akran fruit, yield]

a•corn

(ˈeɪ kɔrn, ˈeɪ kərn)

n.
the typically ovoid fruit or nut of an oak, enclosed at the base by a cupule.
[before 1000; Middle English acorne (influenced by corn1), akern, Old English æcern, æcren mast, c. Middle High German ackeran acorn, Old Norse akarn fruit of wild trees, Gothic akran fruit, yield]
a′corned, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acorn - fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped baseacorn - fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
acorn cup, cupule - cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorn
oak tree, oak - a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves; "great oaks grow from little acorns"
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
Translations
žalud
agern
tammenterhoterho
žir
makk
akarn
どんぐり
도토리
ekollon
ผลต้นโอ๊ก
quả sồi

acorn

[ˈeɪkɔːn] Nbellota f

acorn

[ˈeɪkɔːrn] ngland m

acorn

nEichel f

acorn

[ˈeɪkɔːn] n (Bot) → ghianda

acorn

جَوْزَةُ البَلُّوط žalud agern Eichel βελανίδι bellota terho gland žir ghianda どんぐり 도토리 eikel eikenøtt żołądź bolota желудь ekollon ผลต้นโอ๊ก meşe palamudu quả sồi 橡果
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Well, one Sunday morning I was sitting out here in front of my cabin, with my cat, taking the sun, and looking at the blue hills, and listening to the leaves rustling so lonely in the trees, and thinking of the home away yonder in the states, that I hadn't heard from in thirteen years, when a bluejay lit on that house, with an acorn in his mouth, and says,
AN OWL, in her wisdom, counseled the Birds that when the acorn first began to sprout, to pull it all up out of the ground and not allow it to grow.
And so still the forest was you could have heard an acorn drop or a bird call from one end of it to the other.
I haven't heard Frank laugh so much for ever so long," said Grace to Amy, as they sat discussing dolls and making tea sets out of the acorn cups.
As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in; so deal with your compliments through life.
I daresay it's a very ugly cap, and I used to think when I saw her here as it was nonsense for her to dress different t' other people; but I never rightly noticed her till she came to see mother last week, and then I thought the cap seemed to fit her face somehow as th 'acorn-cup fits th' acorn, and I shouldn't like to see her so well without it.
The course of meat finished, they spread upon the sheepskins a great heap of parched acorns, and with them they put down a half cheese harder than if it had been made of mortar.
Or is it this: To feed on the acorns and grass of knowledge, and for the sake of truth to suffer hunger of soul?
The method is this: in an acre of ground you bury, at six inches distance and eight deep, a quantity of acorns, dates, chestnuts, and other mast or vegetables, whereof these animals are fondest; then you drive six hundred or more of them into the field, where, in a few days, they will root up the whole ground in search of their food, and make it fit for sowing, at the same time manuring it with their dung: it is true, upon experiment, they found the charge and trouble very great, and they had little or no crop.
I saw her first, gathering young acorns from the branches of a large oak near our tree.
To hear acorns at their summit, and bees I the middle; And the sheep the bowed down bowed the with the their fleeces.
Food, however, became scarce, and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger.