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Acorn

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A'corn. n.s. [Æcꞃn, Sax, from ac, an oak, and coꞃn, corn or grain; that is, the grain of the oak.]

The feed or fruit born by the oak.

What roots old-age contracteth into errours, and how such as are but acorns in our younger brows, grow oaks in our older heads, and become inflexible. Brown's Pref. to Vulgar Errours.

Contents with food which nature freely bred,
On wildings and on strawberries they fed;
Cornels and bramble-berries gave the rest,
And falling acorns furnished out a feast.
Dryden's Ovid.

He that is nourished by the acorns he picked up under an oak, or the apples he gathered from the trees in the wood, has certainly appropriated them to himself. Locke.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Acorn." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 11, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13250.


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