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  • noun Plural form of awn.


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  • The _third glume_ is chartaceous finely scabrid 1/4 to 3/8 inch long excluding the awn, 3-nerved, 3-lobed at the apex and the lobes becoming awns; _awns_ are 1 inch long, the middle one being a little longer.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses K. Rangachari

  • The callus of the third glume is long, densely silkily hairy with three awns not jointed at the base with the glume; _awns_ about 1 inch or more.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses K. Rangachari

  • It now has large windows looking out on the pond, with open views in three directions, four bedrooms, a heated swimming pool, landscaped awns, bluestone terraces and a three-car garage.

    Pond Home Lists 2010

  • Several areas covered by dense grasses are classified as medium-tall grasslands, with sawgrass and three-awns as major plants.

    Everglades Province (Bailey) 2009

  • Ai rests wen ai can but ai cant sit awns teh tiem ai can. boring, usual stuffz therapy, bingo, art ceramic payniting, going crayzy….you know…. the usual.

    STARING CONTEST - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger? 2009

  • Small as are the capitula of this flower, its seeds or achenia are armed with awns having reflexed hooks scarcely visible to the naked eye; it is these that are found so troublesome among the wool.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia 2003

  • In one short-season variety, some farmers are selecting for tough outer glumes (the papery coat or bract around the seed) and long awns (the hair-like bristle growing out from the glume) which help protect the grains from birds, a major pest of early rice.

    14. Saving seeds for planting 1991

  • Only close inspection shows that most of the plants have a covering of soft velvety hairs just below the seed head ( "hairy neck"); long, droopy spikes; and long beards (awns) - a characteristic of rye but of few wheats.

    2 History 1989

  • Triticales, particularly the complete types (see later), are unattractive to birds because of their tough outer seed husks (glumes) and their long awns (bristles that grow out of glumes).

    3 Triticale Today 1989

  • With cereals, physical factors such as the awns of barley or the pasty nature of wheat if ground too fine are more important than chemical toxins.

    Chapter 6 1988


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  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010