Definition of acorn in English:

acorn

noun

  • The fruit of the oak, a smooth oval nut in a rough cup-like base.

    • ‘Hardy and wily, the pigs snuffle out acorns, chestnuts, roots and grass.’
    • ‘Imagine a sturdy, bountiful oak tree producing acorns that will germinate successive oak trees.’
    • ‘The acorn harvest was an important ritual, for acorns were an important part of the Indians' diet.’
    • ‘Add an acorn, or pinecone and you have a very impressive napkin ring.’
    • ‘I leave acorns and leaves and nests alone when I come across them.’
    • ‘Berries, acorns, and other seeds and nuts make up most of the Band-tailed Pigeon's diet.’
    • ‘Collect interesting bits of natural objects, such as bark, leaves, conkers and acorns to label and display at home.’
    • ‘While the caterpillar will not kill the oak tree, the loss of leaves means the trees produce fewer acorns.’
    • ‘The old bur oak's leaves are now large and leathery, the green acorns nearly the size of golf balls.’
    • ‘She would come back at dusk with arms full of small frogs, or large insects, with wild fruit and berries, or acorns and mushrooms.’
    • ‘Inside, the wooden kauri architraves and sweeping stairs were all carved with acorns and oak leaves.’
    • ‘Chipmunks, like other ground squirrels, eat seeds and acorns of woody plants, nuts, grains, and fruit.’
    • ‘I have every intention of having my own child plant an acorn from my tree to continue the tradition.’
    • ‘We picked up horse chestnuts on the corner for the feel and look of them, and then gathered acorns and hazelnuts and beechnuts in the woods.’
    • ‘In winter, they feed on berries, seeds, and acorns, in trees or shrubs or on the ground.’
    • ‘To recover they need to feast on conkers, acorns and sweet chestnuts, which is why visitors are exhorted not to gather these items.’
    • ‘The church will be decorated with oak leaves and acorns to bring strength and comfort to the bereaved and injured.’
    • ‘In fall and winter they feed principally on acorns, other nuts, seeds, and fruits.’
    • ‘Children can look out for other large tree seeds such as beech masts and acorns which can be sown in the same way as the conkers.’
    • ‘Decorate your house by bringing the outside in, using pinecones and acorns!’

Origin

Old English æcern, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aker, also to acre, later associated with oak and corn.

Pronunciation:

acorn

/ˈeɪkɔːn/