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

  • n. The outer layers of the grain of cereals such as wheat, removed during the process of milling and used as a source of dietary fiber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.
  • n. The European carrion crow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.
  • n. The European carrion crow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The outer coat of wheat, rye, or other farinaceous grain; the husky portion of ground wheat, separated from the flour by bolting.
  • To steep in a bath of bran and water, as cloth before or after dyeing, or skins for tanning.
  • n. A name of the common crow
  • A dialectal form of bren, burn.

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

  • n. food prepared from the husks of cereal grains
  • n. broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman bren, bran ("bran, filth"), from Gaulish brennos ("rotten"), from Proto-Celtic *bragnos (compare Welsh braen ‘stench’, Irish bréan ‘rancid’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreh₁g- (compare Latin fragrāre ‘to smell strongly’, Dutch brak ‘hound’). (Wiktionary)

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