American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A slender, bristlelike appendage found on the spikelets of many grasses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a bristle-shaped terminal or dorsal appendage, such as the beard of wheat, barley, and many grasses.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of own.
- n. The bristle or beard of barley, oats, grasses, etc., or any similar bristlelike appendage; arista.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The bristle or beard of barley, oats, grasses, etc., or any similar bristlelike appendage; arista.
- n. slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English awne, from Old Norse ögn or from Old English agen; see ak- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The two lateral lobes are narrower, sometimes linear, and are often prolonged into an awn, which is generally turned away from the center of the spike.”
“The long awn, which is around 7 times as long as the lemma, is attached to the top of the lemma.”
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