acorn

noun
\ ˈā-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce acorn (audio) , -kərn How to pronounce acorn (audio) \

Definition of acorn

: the nut of the oak usually seated in or surrounded by a hard woody cupule of indurated bracts

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The squirrel initially took the form of a small critter living among eucalyptus trees on campus, running on platforms like easier acorn access. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "A squirrel named Furry Boi wins UC Berkeley student government election | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018 Winter can make a real mess of your lawn, so start in early spring by cleaning up all the debris scattered across the yard, including twigs, acorns, stones, branches, litter, thatch and dead leaves. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 There are elegant wreaths entwined with acorns, lavender, and wild berries, and, of course, lots of glüwhein, as well honey meats and homemade cheeses. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 His eyes, brown as acorns, were bracketed by deepening crow’s-feet. Richard Conniff, WSJ, "‘The Dinosaur Artist’ Review: Old Bones Are Big Business," 6 Sep. 2018 Remove two small acorn caps and use hot glue to affix the caps to the face as eyes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Choose a larger acorn, remove the cap and glue it over the stem tip to create a snout nose. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Cut a hole in back of acorn squash (trace gooseneck onto acorn; cut hole slightly larger so neck fits in). Draw facial features with highlighter and etch away skin with linoleum cutter. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Untouched were the groves of holm oaks where, in the winter, porco preto, the black pigs who forage and feed on acorns, make the penultimate stop on their path to becoming some of the world’s best pork and ham. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of acorn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acorn

Middle English akorn, akkorn (partially assimilated to corn "kernel, corn entry 1"), hakerne, accherne, accharne, going back to Old English æcern, going back to Germanic *akrana- (whence also Middle High German ackeran "tree nuts," Old Norse akarn, Gothic akran "fruit, produce"); akin to Old Irish írne "sloe, kernel," Welsh eirin "plums, sloes," aeron "fruits, berries," going back to Celtic *agrinyo-, *agranyo-; perhaps further akin to a Balto-Slavic word with an initial long vowel (Old Church Slavic agoda "fruit," Polish jagoda "berry," Lithuanian úoga

Note: Taken to be a derivative of Indo-European *h2eǵros "uncultivated field, pasture" (see acre), though this would seem to exclude the Balto-Slavic etymon, which lacks the suffix, from consideration. It is also not clear if fields, uncultivated or not, are the source of wild tree nuts.

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acorn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acorn

: the nut of the oak tree

acorn

noun
\ ˈā-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce acorn (audio) , -kərn\

Kids Definition of acorn

: the nut of the oak tree

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