from The Century Dictionary.

  • Decked with gowans; covered with mountain daisies.

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

  • adjective Scot. Having, abounding in, or decked with, daisies.

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

  • adjective Scotland Covered with daisies.


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gowan +‎ -y


  • And see the wee bit gowany that blooms beside the rill.

    Scarborough Settler's Lament

  • "Gien ye wad sit doon a meenute, mem," returned Donal, "-- here's a bonnie gowany spot -- I wad read a bit till ye, an 'see gien ye likit it, afore I tellt ye the name o' 't."

    Sir Gibbie

  • She dropped at once on the little gowany bed, gathered her frock about her ankles, and said, "Sit down, Nicie. It's so kind of Donal to read something to us! I wonder what it's going to be."

    Sir Gibbie

  • And noo she and Mary are followin, wi 'yer ain Isy, i' the vera futsteps o 'the great shepherd, throuw the gowany leys o' the New Jerus'lem—whaur it may be they ca' her Isy yet, as they ca' this ane I hae to gang hame til.

    Salted with Fire

  • "I never saw the ` gowany braes, 'but I shall see them soon."

    Janet's Love and Service

  • But in summertime the "gowany braes" which lie nearest to it, and the "heather braes" into which they gradually change as they rise higher in the distance, have a certain beauty of their own.

    Allison Bain, or, By a Way she knew not

  • She spoke about her home, and her brothers and sisters, and about "the gowany braes" and "the silver Ythan," and the songs they used to sing, before it had ever come into her mind that there was trouble and care before her.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness

  • When the seely [fairy] court was riding by, the Queen lighted down on a gowany bank



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  • "Ye'll get round again, if ye had your fit (foot) on the May gowan." Proceedings of the Berwickshire National Club II, No. x. 14, Hardy

    August 24, 2010