gowpen

noun gow·pen \ ˈgəu̇pən \

Definition of gowpen

plural -s
1 chiefly Scottish
a : the hollow of two hands held together as if forming a bowl
b plural gowpenfuls or less commonly gowpenful \-ˌfü(l)\ : 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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