One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fruit of the oak tree, a smooth oval nut in a rough cup-shaped base.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hardy and wily, the pigs snuffle out acorns, chestnuts, roots and grass.’
- ‘The old bur oak's leaves are now large and leathery, the green acorns nearly the size of golf balls.’
- ‘While the caterpillar will not kill the oak tree, the loss of leaves means the trees produce fewer acorns.’
- ‘To recover they need to feast on conkers, acorns and sweet chestnuts, which is why visitors are exhorted not to gather these items.’
- ‘Chipmunks, like other ground squirrels, eat seeds and acorns of woody plants, nuts, grains, and fruit.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Collect interesting bits of natural objects, such as bark, leaves, conkers and acorns to label and display at home.’
- ‘In fall and winter they feed principally on acorns, other nuts, seeds, and fruits.’
- ‘I have every intention of having my own child plant an acorn from my tree to continue the tradition.’
- ‘Berries, acorns, and other seeds and nuts make up most of the Band-tailed Pigeon's diet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Inside, the wooden kauri architraves and sweeping stairs were all carved with acorns and oak leaves.’
- ‘The church will be decorated with oak leaves and acorns to bring strength and comfort to the bereaved and injured.’
- ‘In winter, they feed on berries, seeds, and acorns, in trees or shrubs or on the ground.’
- ‘Imagine a sturdy, bountiful oak tree producing acorns that will germinate successive oak trees.’
- ‘Decorate your house by bringing the outside in, using pinecones and acorns!’
- ‘She would come back at dusk with arms full of small frogs, or large insects, with wild fruit and berries, or acorns and mushrooms.’
- ‘The acorn harvest was an important ritual, for acorns were an important part of the Indians' diet.’
Old English æcern, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aker, also to acre, later associated with oak and corn.
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