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A human ear.
See also -ear

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English ēare, from Germanic *auson, from Indo-European *h₂ous-. Cognate with Dutch oor, German Ohr, Swedish öra; and with Ancient Greek οὖς, Latin auris, Russian ухо.

Noun

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Singular
ear

Plural
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  1. (countable) The organ of hearing, consisting of the pinna, auditory canal, eardrum, malleus, incus, stapes and cochlea.
  2. (countable) The external part of the organ of hearing, the auricle.
  3. (countable) (slang) A police informant.
    • Quotations:
    From the movie The Enforcer.
    If you don’t cooperate, I’ll put it out on the street that you’re an ear.
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Etymology 2

Old English ēar

Noun

Singular
ear

Plural
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  1. (countable) The fruiting body of a grain plant.
    He is in the fields, harvesting ears of corn.
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Etymology 3

Old English erian

Verb

Infinitive
to ear

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to ear (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (archaic) To plough.
    • Quotations:
    1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II
    That power I have, discharge; and let them go
    To ear the land that hath some hope to grow,
    For I have none.
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Old English

Etymology 1

Akin to Old Norse aur

Noun

ēar m

  1. sea
  2. earth

Etymology 2

Common Germanic *ahiz, whence also Old High German ahir (German Ähre), Old Saxon ahar (Dutch aar), Old Norse ax. From a Proto-Indo-European root ak ('pointed'); compare Latin acus "needle"

Noun

ēar

  1. ear (of corn)

West Frisian

Noun

ear n.

  1. ear

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