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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 Middle High German eher, äher n, from Old High German ehir, ahir, ahar n, from Proto-Germanic *ahaz n. The form with Ä- is Upper German, where -h- led to an open vowel through secondary (rather than primary) umlaut. The feminine form, in turn, is a chiefly Central German backformation from plural use.

Cognate with Dutch aar, West Frisian ier, English ear. Ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp, pointed), whence also Ecke. Related with Latin aciēs, acus, Ancient Greek ἄκρος (ákros), Russian острый (ostryj).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛːrə/, [ˈʔɛː.ʁə], [ˈʔeː.ʁə]
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  • Rhymes: -ɛːʀə
  • Homophone: Ehre (many speakers, especially northern and eastern regions)


Ähre f (genitive Ähre, plural Ähren, diminutive Ährchen n)

  1. (botany, countable) the ear (of corn)
    Synonym: Getreideähre
  2. (botany, countable) the head, ear (of grass seed)
    Synonym: Grasähre
  3. (botany, countable) the spike (of a flower)
    Synonym: Blütenähre




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Further reading[edit]

  • Ähre” in Duden online
  • Ähre” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache