gowan

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Scots, from Gaelic.

Noun[edit]

gowan (plural gowans)

  1. (Northumbrian) The common daisy.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIII:
      Upjohn wrote this slim volume, which, if you recall, was about preparatory schools, and in it, so Kipper tells me, said that the time spent in these establishments was the happiest of our lives. Ye Ed passed it on to Kipper for comment, and he, remembering the dark days at Malvern House, Bramley-on-Sea, when he and I were plucking the gowans fine there, slated it with no uncertain hand.
  2. (mineralogy) Decomposed granite.

References[edit]

  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4[1]
  • Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, "Pluck the gowans fine"

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the original form gollan the marsh marigold.

Noun[edit]

gowan (plural gowans)

  1. The common daisy.
    • 1788, Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne:
      We twa hae run about the braes, / and pu’d the gowans fine ; / But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot, / sin auld lang syne.