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, diminutive Ährchen n)

  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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