Ähre

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German[edit]

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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)

Etymology[edit]

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), Ancient Greek ἄκρος (ákros), Russian острый (ostryj), Lithuanian ass (sharp), Tocharian B āk (ear, awn).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛːʀə/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ˈeːʀə/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • Rhymes: -ɛːʀə
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Noun[edit]

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