Barley ears with a long awn.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English aune ; from Old Norse ǫgn (pl. agnir) ; from Indo-European an unverified form aken ; from base an unverified form a- (see acid) from source Old English egenu, Gothic ahana, Classical Latin agna
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Origin: Middle English awne, from Old Norse gn or from Old English agen; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- awned awned adjective
- awnˈless adjective
awn - Science Definition
The awn of California oatgrass (Danthonia californica) extending from the bracts enclosing the spikelet.
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