sown definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A past participle of sow1.
Variant of sow
- an adult female pig
- an adult female of certain other mammals, as the bear
- a channel or sluice carrying molten metal from a blast furnace to the molds in which pig bars are cast
- a large mass of metal that has solidified in this channel
Origin: Middle English sowe ; from Old English sugu, akin to German sau (OHG su) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sū-, pig from source swine, Classical Latin sus