Definition of


  1. (noun, plant) slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses

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Alternate forms of Awn

Derivations: awny

Hypernyms: beard

Origin of the word Awn

  1. "bristly fibers on grain of plants," c.1300, from O.N. ?gn, from P.Gmc. *agano (cf. O.E. egenu, O.H.G. agana, Ger. Ahne, Goth. ahana), from PIE *ak-ona- (cf. Skt. asani- "arrowhead," Gk. akhne "husk of wheat," L. acus "chaff," Lith. akuotas "beard, awn"); suffixed form of PIE base *ak- "sharp" (… more

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