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  • n. Plural form of grain.
  • n. pigeons' dung used in tanning. See grainer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. See 5th grain, n., 2 (b).
  • n.pl. Pigeon's dung used in tanning. See Grainer. n., 1.

Etymologies

Spear sense from Old Norse grein meaning division. (Reference: Ray Parkin, H. M. Bark Endeavour, Miegunyah Press, second edition 2003, ISBN 0-522-85093-6, page 196.) (Wiktionary)

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