awn

play
noun \ˈȯn\

Definition of awn

  1. :  one of the slender bristles that terminate the glumes of the spikelet in some cereal and other grasses

awned

play \ˈȯnd\ adjective

awnless

play \ˈȯn-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of awn

Middle English, from Old English agen, from Old Norse ǫgn; akin to Old High German agana awn, Old English ecg edge — more at edge


First Known Use: 12th century


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