: having ears especially of a specified kind or number
a big-eared man
golden-eared corn

Examples of eared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back at the harbor, another small waterbird — an eared grebe — was released alongside the ruddy duck Wednesday. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The natural gas pipeline's construction is still subject to ongoing reviews of risks to endangered species, like the northern long-eared bat, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2023 Two sandhill cranes at the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster, two redheads and a canvasback in the South Bay of the Wachusett Reservoir, an eared grebe at gate 40 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, and 23 evening grosbeaks in Royalston. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Dec. 2022 Around 99% of eared grebes, 90% of Wilson’s phalaropes and 50% of the American avocets in North America rely on the saline lake network. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Xavi's men could mount a decent challenge for the big-eared trophy in 2023/2024 with Messi in a new, deeper midfield role that has been earmarked for the iconic number '10'. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Through the end of March, a one-eared painter named van Gogh is auctioning off his artwork for charity. Molly Enking, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Mar. 2023 In one episode, Ramy sells a diamond to an elf-eared body modifier who wants to implant the jewel in his forehead; in another, a hook-up with a Palestinian woman during a business trip to Israel sets off a cascade of events that results in Ramy briefly teaming up with the Israeli military. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2022 Plecotus austriacus, or the gray big-eared bat. Cordilia James, Animals, 23 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eared was before the 12th century

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“Eared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eared. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


: having ears especially of a specified kind or number
a big-eared man
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