Ähre

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Getreideähren — corn ears (from left to right: barley, wheat, rye) (1)
Die Ähre eines Grashalmes. — The head of a grass stalk. (2)

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From Old High German ahir, from Proto-Germanic *ahaz. Cognate with Dutch aar, English ear, West Frisian ier. Ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp, pointed).

Further Indo-European cognates: Latin aciēs (edge) and acus (needle), Greek ἄκρος (ákros), Russian острый (ostryj), Latvian ass (sharp), Tocharian B āk (ear, awn).

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Ähre f (genitive Ähre, plural Ähren)

  1. (botany, countable) The ear (of corn)
  2. (botany, countable) The head, ear (of grass seed)
  3. (botany, countable) The spike (of a flower)

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