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Kern (verb)

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To Kern. v.n. [probably from kernel, or, by change of a vowel, corrupted from corn.]

  1. To harden as ripened corn.

    When the price of corn falleth, men break no more ground than will supply their own turn, wherethrough it falleth out than an ill kerned or saved harvest soon emptieth their old store. Carew's Survey of Cornwall.

  2. To take the form of grains; to granulate.

    The principal knack is in making the juice, when sufficiently boiled, to kern or granulate. Grew.

Sources: Carew, Thomas (36) · Grew, Nehemiah (36)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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