Definition of gowpen
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 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
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