\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Syna’s acorn pendant, which carries the meaning of abundance is crafted in yellow gold with smoky quartz. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Affix two small acorn caps to the face with hot glue for eyes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 For dessert, Welch prepared acorn cake with smoke buttermilk ice cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2022 If gophers qualify as farmers, what about acorn-caching squirrels, whose hoarding shenanigans sometimes sprout oak trees? Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 11 July 2022 To make the jelly, a popular, earthy-tasting dish in Korea, Nelson strains the acorn grits through a cheesecloth or nut-milk bag and collects the milky white water in a bowl. Vanessa Hua, Outside Online, 7 Feb. 2021 Some dishes on display — radish pickles, or mushrooms paired with gently chewy bracken ferns dressed in nutty perilla oil, or tangles of acorn-flour noodles — bring to mind an uplifting array of banchan. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 While the pop-up focused only on pre-colonization foods, Medina said the cafe menu will include a wider range of culinary traditions, such as acorn sourdough bread and dried and ground Monterey seaweed sprinkled on dishes. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 The series will feature Middle Eastern unleavened bread, a vegan spin on Filipino pan de sal, puff puff from Cameroon, and Indigenous acorn bread that’s been made in California for centuries. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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: the nut of the oak tree

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