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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A slender, bristlelike appendage found on the spikelets of many grasses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a bristle-shaped terminal or dorsal appendage, such as the beard of wheat, barley, and many grasses.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of own.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses

Etymologies

Middle English awne, from Old Norse ögn or from Old English agen; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English aw(u)ne, agune, agene, from Old Danish aghn (compare modern avne), from Proto-Germanic *aganō, *ahanō 'chaff' (compare Old English ægnan, Frisian/Dutch agen, German Ahne, Agen), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱanā (compare Old Latin agna 'ear of wheat', Lithuanian ašnìs, 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. (Wiktionary)

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