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Definition of bran

: the edible broken seed coats of cereal grain separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting

Examples of bran in a Sentence

The doctor told me to eat more bran because it is a good source of fiber.
Recent Examples on the Web Náu’s Floral Cream Deodorant ($15) is a remarkably nongreasy concoction made with sweat-wicking rice bran oil and clary sage. New York Times, 6 July 2021 The fiber-rich bran coating gives brown rice its light tan color and chewy texture. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 With white rice, the grain is polished in a way that removes two parts—the bran and embryo—and leaves a starchy section called the endosperm. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, 1 July 2021 The elephant also used her trunk’s fingers to grab at piles of bran, presumably to avoid inhaling the fine grains. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Sichuan has a black vinegar made with wheat bran and seasoned with a pungent medley of Chinese medicine spices. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, 29 May 2021 The burgers also contain ingredients like kale, pea protein, zucchini, quinoa, fava beans, and oat bran, packing in six different veggies altogether. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 4 May 2021 While the hull is removed, the rest of the grain — the coarse outer bran, the carb-laden endosperm interior (the source of refined flour in wheat grains) and the fat-containing germ — remains. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 While refined flour is made from the endosperm of the grain, whole grains include the germ and bran. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bran

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bran

Middle English, from Anglo-French bren, bran

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17 Jul 2021

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“Bran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bran

: the outer coat of the seed of a grain


\ ˈbran How to pronounce bran (audio) \

Kids Definition of bran

: the broken coat of the seed of cereal grain separated (as by sifting) from the flour or meal


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Medical Definition of bran

: the edible broken seed coats of cereal grain separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting

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