Pern meaning

A honey buzzard; Pernis apivorus.
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Part of a spinning wheel, a conical spool onto which the thread is wound from the spindle.
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To take profit of; to make profitable.

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Origin of pern

  • Presumably from a verb pern, a variant of preen, from Middle English prene; pernyng is read by some editors in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (v. 611) and interpreted as the present participle of this verb, also reflected dialectally as pirn (“reel; bobbin”). See also pirl.
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  • 19th century, after the taxonomical name Pernis (Cuvier 1816).
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