noun gow·pen \ˈgəu̇pən\

Definition of gowpen



  1. 1 chiefly Scottish a :  the hollow of two hands held together as if forming a bowl b less commonly gowpenful \-ˌfü(l)\ plural gowpenfuls :  a double handful gathered a gowpenful of flinty arrowheads — John Service

  2. 2 Scots law :  the perquisite of meal from tenants by thirlage that is allowed to a miller's servant

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Origin and Etymology of gowpen

Middle English goupyne, from Old Norse gaupn (in plural only) cupped hand; akin to Old High German coufana hand, Old English gēap open, wide, gōma palate — more at gum

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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