Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) An awn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology the fibrils found on grains or fishes.

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

  • noun bristlelike process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies

Etymologies

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

[Latin, beard of grain, spike.]

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