\ ˈkirn, ˈkərn \
plural -s

Definition of kirn

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly Scottish


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Definition of kirn (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly Scottish
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plural -s

Definition of kirn (Entry 3 of 3)

1 chiefly Scottish : harvest home sense 2 the good old custom of the kirn— J. G. Lockhart
2 chiefly Scottish : the last handful or sheaf reaped at the harvest

called also mell

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History and Etymology for kirn

Noun (1)

Middle English (northern dialect) kirne, from Old Norse kirna; akin to Old Norse kjarni churn

Noun (2)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse korn grain

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“Kirn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kirn. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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