ETYM Old Eng. awn, agune, from Icel. ögn, pl. agnir; akin to Swed. agn, Dan. avne, Goth. ahana, Old High Germ. agana, German agen, ahne, chaff, Greek achne, AS. egla; prob. from same root as Eng. acute. Related to Ear.
Slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses.
Beard or similar bristly growth on stalk of grain.
“beard” of grass, barley, etc.; spiky outgrowth.
1 chiefly Scottish; a bristle or tuft of bristles
2 chiefly Scottish; anger
bristle / brɪsl̩ /
ETYM Old Eng. bristel, brustel, AS. bristl, byrst; akin to Dutch borstel, Old High Germ. burst, German borste, Icel. burst, Swed. borst, and to Skr. bhorshti edge, point.
1. A stiff coarse hair or filament; natural or synthetic.
2. A stiff hair.
A stiff chitinous seta or bristle especially of an annelid worm.
seta / siːtə /
ETYM Latin seta, saeta, a bristle.
1. A stiff hair or bristle.
2. Stalk of a moss capsule.
Bristle; any bristlelike organ.