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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Here’s something you don’t get asked often — are your acorns drippy? Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Gardening in the Bay Area: August to-do list," 22 Aug. 2019 According to Animal Diversity, Eurasian jays (which reside in Western Europe, Northeast Africa and parts of Asia) have a diet that largely consists of acorns. Fox News, "Jaybirds caught fighting over lunch in stunning pics," 12 Aug. 2019 There’s also ample evidence that early humans went to great lengths to eat fiber-rich carbohydrates, such as oats and acorns. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood," 15 July 2019 To gain a more precise understanding, though, scientists have started combing Sedgwick for potential grizzly foods, such as mushrooms, roots, acorns and berries. Brent Crane, Discover Magazine, "Grizzly Bears Might Return to California. Is the State Ready?," 12 Mar. 2019 One spotlights salmon fishing in the Sacramento River; others focus on cooking with acorns or preparing wild game. Matt Villano, SFChronicle.com, "Send yourself to meat, kayak or farm camp this summer," 7 June 2019 Uncut melons and winter squash Thanks to their hard skins, both melon and winter squash varieties—like acorn, butternut, kabocha, and delicata—don't need to be refrigerated until after they've been cut, according to Nordgren. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Foods You’re Probably Refrigerating That You Actually Shouldn’t," 16 Apr. 2019 Terms to describe the natural world—such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, otter, raven and willow—have been banished to make room for such chilly contemporary words as blog, broadband and bullet-point. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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