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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 For Cyprus is was 4 kg of wheat bran and 2.1 kg of sugar. Steven Savage, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Brown and wild rice are the worst offenders, as the bran contains the highest arsenic concentrations. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 White rice is simply kernels of brown rice with the brown outer layer (called the bran) removed. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 July 2022 White rice flour is made from white rice without the bran and will be tasteless. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 One example of this is wheat flour, which is ground from wheat that has had the bran and germ removed. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 14 Jan. 2022 To analyze elephant trunks, researchers challenged two African savanna elephants—one male, one female—to reach for bran cubes and apples outside of their enclosure at Zoo Atlanta. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2022 In the case of maize, soybeans and maize bran the shortages would effect animal production while sunflower oil and wheat would mainly be used for direct human consumption. Steven Savage, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Nine out of 10 bran-fed worms successfully grew into beetles and maintained the most diverse gut microbiome of all three groups. Fionna Samuels, Scientific American, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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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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