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n. Scots
A yellow or white wildflower, especially a daisy.

[Probably alteration of Middle English gollan, a plant with yellow flowers; akin to Old Norse gullinn, golden, from gull, gold; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) Scot any of various yellow or white flowers growing in fields, esp the common daisy
[C16: variant of gollan, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gullin golden]
ˈgowaned adj
ˈgowany adj
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(ˈgaʊ ən)

n. Chiefly Scot.
any of various yellow or white field flowers, esp. the English daisy.
[1560–70; earlier gollan < Old Norse gollinn golden]
gow′aned, adj.
gow′an•y, adj.
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References in classic literature ?
'Allow me to introduce myself--Henry Gowan. A pretty place this, and looks wonderfully well this morning!'
The manner was easy, and the voice agreeable; but still Clennam thought, that if he had not made that decided resolution to avoid falling in love with Pet, he would have taken a dislike to this Henry Gowan.
'It's new to you, I believe?' said this Gowan, when Arthur had extolled the place.
This Gowan when he had talked about a Paradise, had gone up to her and taken her hand.
'Well, Gowan,' said Mr Meagles, even suppressing a sigh; 'how goes the world with you this morning?'
The father of that father who married a Barnacle, married a Joddleby.--I am getting a little too far back, Gowan; I want to make out what relation this young fellow is to Lord Decimus.'
'I am much obliged to you,' said Gowan, to conclude the subject.
More than once or twice when Pet caressed the dog, it appeared to Clennam that her father was unhappy in seeing her do it; and, in one particular instance when Gowan stood on the other side of the dog, and bent his head at the same time, Arthur fancied that he saw tears rise to Mr Meagles's eyes as he hurried out of the room.
This Gowan had plenty to say for himself, and said it in an off-hand and amusing manner.
Pursuing his inquiries, Clennam found that the Gowan family were a very distant ramification of the Barnacles; and that the paternal Gowan, originally attached to a legation abroad, had been pensioned off as a Commissioner of nothing particular somewhere or other, and had died at his post with his drawn salary in his hand, nobly defending it to the last extremity.
So now Mr Gowan, like that worn-out old coffin which never was Mahomet's nor anybody else's, hung midway between two points: jaundiced and jealous as to the one he had left: jaundiced and jealous as to the other that he couldn't reach.
At last the wet Sunday wore itself out in a wet night; and Young Barnacle went home in a cab, feebly smoking; and the objectionable Gowan went away on foot, accompanied by the objectionable dog.