from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having ears or earlike projections.
  • adjective Having a specified kind or number of ears. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having ears or awns, as grain.
  • Having ears; having appendages or processes resembling the external ear.
  • In ornithology, having conspicuous auricular feathers, as the eared grebe, or having plumicorns, as various species of eared owls.
  • In Mammalia, auriculate; having large or peculiar outer ears, as certain bats; having outer ears in a group of animals others of which have them not: as, the eared seals.
  • In botany, same as auriculate, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having (such or so many) ears; -- used in composition
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having external ears; having tufts of feathers resembling ears.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) an owl having earlike tufts of feathers, as the long-eared owl, and short-eared owl.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any seal of the family Otariidæ, including the fur seals and hair seals. See Seal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective in combination Having some specific type of ear.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of ear.

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

  • adjective worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down
  • adjective having ears (or appendages resembling ears) or having ears of a specified kind; often used in combination


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