Barley ears with a long awn.
Origin of awnMiddle 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
Origin of awnMiddle English awne, from Old Norse &odie;gn or from Old English agen; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
- awned awned
Middle English aw(u)ne, agune, agene, from Old Danish aghn (compare modern avne), from Proto-Germanic *aganō, *ahanō 'chaff' (compare Old English ægnan, Frisian/Dutch agen, German Ahne, Agen), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱanā (compare Old Latin agna 'ear of wheat', Lithuanian ašnìs, Czech osina, Ancient Greek ἄκαινα (ákaina, “spike, prick”), ἄκανος (ákanos, “pine-thistle”), Sanskrit अशनि (aśáni, “thunderbolt, arrow tip”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ (“sharp”). More at edge.