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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
Translations
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It wur hard to gie up my awn hearthstun, but I thowt I COULD do that!
* Checking the inside of the mouth and nose for puncture wounds, or the presence of grass awns.
If you pull on the seeds (and awns) when they're fully dried and brittle (which occurs in late spring), the awn tends to break off (sort of like a captured lizard's tail).
The other aim was to investigate the microbial aerobic flora isolated from grass awns extracted from dogs with GSFBD and the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolated bacterial strains, in order to evaluate the relative most effective antibiotics and the presence of resistant bacteria.
Most dogs either inhale or swallow grass awns, but they also can puncture the skin and squirm in that way.
At heading stage, 40 main stems per genotype and replication, with similar plant height and spike size, were tagged and subdivided into four sets of 10 main stems, receiving the following treatments: ablation of the flag leaf blade, ablation of the awns and sheading of the spike, the last set served as control.
Awns contribute an important role in conferring drought tolerance in plants by reflecting light and reducing transpiration losses.
Systematic research is required to understand how seed dormancy and other characteristics such as awns, hull and pericarp/testa colorations, herbicide resistance, and shattering influence fitness in weed/cultivar hybrid-derived offspring.
'Blocky' looks like it sounds: the head is short (about 2 inches long), so it's almost square, with long awns. 'Black Eagle' has a dark head and long black awns.
The rough awn can be used to distinguish B1603 from Excel.
Too many hunting dogs are still suffering and dying from grass awn infections.
"When we have times of economic stress, many lots and yards are left untended and can be sources of foxtail awns."