The Alternative English Dictionary: acorn

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acorn {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English acorne, an alteration (after corn) of earlier akern, from Old English æcern, from Proto-Germanic *akraną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ógeh₂- 〈*h₂ógeh₂-〉. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Äkkene, Flemish aker, Danish agern; and with Irish áirne, Lithuanian úoga, Russian ягода 〈âgoda〉. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈeɪkɔɹn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The fruit of the oak, being an oval nut growing in a woody cup or cupule.
  2. (nautical) A cone-shaped piece of wood on the point of the spindle above the vane, on the mast-head.
  3. (zoology) See acorn-shell.
  4. (slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
  • (fruit of an oak) oak
  • caron, Coran, narco, racon

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