Definitions

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  • n. part of a spinning wheel, a conical spool onto which the thread is wound from the spindle
  • n. A honey buzzard; Pernis apivorus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take profit of; to make profitable.
  • n. The honey buzzard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn to profit; sell.
  • n. A kite of the genus Pernis or some related genus; a honey-buzzard.

Etymologies

Presumably from a verb pern, a variant of preen, from Middle English prene; pernyng is read by some editors in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (v. 611) and interpreted as the present participle of this verb, also reflected dialectally as pirn ("reel; bobbin") (Charles Moorman, The Works of the Gawain-Poet, 2009, p. 324) See also pirl. (Wiktionary)
19th century, after the taxonomical name Pernis (Cuvier 1816). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ramoth and Mnementh from the dragon riders of pern series. retweeting about the party and the fact I won Angels Blood yesterday woot me.

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  • These of course are science fiction or fantasy books dealing with the history of colonization of another planet called pern.

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  • Ai fot herz sed wuz pern…pronu…sed She-o-von… Iz dis rite?

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  • Besides they would cut the heck out of every book like what was done to Harry Potter, and lets face it, to do pern you need to do it all and well.

    Pern Movie!

  • Then along comes Copperheart who have said they will make pern into a movie and that was back in 2006, so if anyone out there knows for sure if indeed there is to be a movie and when its likely to be out, please post here and lets us all know.

    Pern Movie!

  • He is the Forrest Gump of pern..always managing to be in the right place at the right ttime to see all the political happenings on pern that would shed light to all newcomers to pern lore as to the socity that is pern…hmm…something to think about

    Pern Movie!

  • I no longer remember every detail, lucid and logical though they were, but it involved pern-type firelizards miniature dragons, familiars, astral bodies and magic children.

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  • Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison.

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  • Dune .... it's much closer than the dragon riders of pern

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  • Ecco quella che è a tutt'oggi la più avanzata e potente fotocamera digitale compatta della Samsung, si chiama Samsung TL34HD (NV100HD) e in un corpo pern nulla spesso e volumino ...

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  • For more about Sailing to Byzantium, see perne.

    In the meantime, check out this etymology: "Presumably from a verb pern, a variant of preen, from Middle English prene; pernyng is read by some editors in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (v. 611) and interpreted as the present participle of this verb, also reflected dialectally as pirn ("reel; bobbin") (Charles Moorman, The Works of the Gawain-Poet, 2009, p. 324) See also pirl."

    October 31, 2013

  • "Come from the holy fire,
    Pern in a gyre,
    And be the singing masters of my soul"
    W.B. Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

    So I guess "pern" means spin, but I'm not sure.

    June 23, 2009