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From é- +‎ grain +‎ -er.




  1. to shell, pod (maize, peas, wheat etc.)
  2. to gin (cotton)
  3. to ripple (flax)
  4. (reflexive) to drop off the stalk or bunch
  5. to dish out
  6. to rattle off, go through (a list)
    • 2000, Jean-François Parot, L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux, JC Lattès 2012, p. 12:
      Il chut de tout son long, égrenant à nouveau un chapelet d'horribles jurons.
      He fell full length, reeling off another string of appalling curses.
    • 1973, Claude Simon, Tryptique, Éditions de Minuit 1973, p. 12
      Les sons de la cloche égrenant les quarts, les demies et les heures...
      The sounds of the clock rattling off the quarters, the halves and the hours...


This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il égrène rather than *il égrene. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.


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