One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of wheat or maize: having reddish ears.
Chiefly in the names of animals, especially birds: having red ears or red markings behind the eyes.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Oldenburg (c1619–1677), scientific correspondent and secretary of the Royal Society. From red + eared<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist. From red + eared.
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