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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bristlelike part or appendage, such as the awn of grains and grasses or the process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies.

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  • n. the fibrils found on grains or fishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An awn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, an awn (which see).
  • n. In zoology, an awn or tactile filament at the end of the antenna of an insect, as in some Diptera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bristlelike process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies

Etymologies

Latin, beard of grain, spike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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