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ear1 US English

The organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates, especially the external part of this

ear2 US English

The seed-bearing head or spike of a cereal plant

ear US Thesaurus

an infection of the ear

easy on the eye US English

Pleasant to look at (or listen to)

dog-ear US English

Fold down the corner of (a book or magazine), typically to mark a place

cat's ear US English

A plant that resembles the dandelion, with yellow flowers and rosettes of leaves

ear candy US English

Light popular music that is pleasant and entertaining but intellectually unchallenging

ear drops US English

Liquid medication to be applied in small amounts to the ear

ear shell US English

Another term for abalone.

ear tuft US English

Each of a pair of tufts of longer feathers on the top of the head of some owls. They are unconnected with the true ears

glue ear US English

Blocking of the Eustachian tube by mucus (occurring especially in children)

inner ear US English

The semicircular canals and cochlea, which form the organs of balance and hearing and are embedded in the temporal bone

Jew's ear US English

A common fungus with a brown, rubbery, cup-shaped fruiting body, growing on dead or dying trees in both Eurasia and North America

mouse-ear US English

A small white-flowered creeping chickweed with soft hairy leaves which supposedly resemble the ears of mice

wood ear US English

An edible fungus, black or brown in color, that grows on trees and is sold in dry wrinkled shapes somewhat resembling ears

ear candle US English

A hollow cone-shaped tube of wax-coated paper or other material, made for use in ear candling

ear trumpet US English

A trumpet-shaped device formerly used as a hearing aid

middle ear US English

The air-filled central cavity of the ear, behind the eardrum

violet-ear US English

A tropical American hummingbird with green or brown plumage and a glittering purple patch behind each eye

ear candling US English

A form of alternative therapy in which the tapered end of an ear candle is placed in a person’s ear while the other end of the candle is lit, in the belief that earwax and other impurities are drawn out of the ear canal by a partial vacuum created by the candle flame

ear defenders US English

Plugs or earmuffs which protect the eardrums from loud or persistent noise

ear-piercing US English

Loud and shrill

ear-splitting US English

Extremely loud

elephant ear US English

Any of a number of plants with large heart-shaped leaves

external ear US English

The parts of the ear outside the eardrum, especially the pinna

cauliflower ear US English

An ear that has become thickened or deformed as a result of repeated blows, typically in boxing

ear-shattering US English

Extremely loud

lend an ear US English

Listen sympathetically or attentively

cock one's ear US English

(Of a dog) raise its ears to an erect position

bend someone's ear US English

Talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favor

turn a deaf ear US English

Refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request

have someone's ear US English

Have access to and influence with someone

have a tin ear US English

Be tone-deaf

be out on one's ear US English

Be dismissed or ejected ignominiously

a flea in one's ear US English

A sharp reproof

Jenkins's Ear, War of US English

A war between England and Spain (1739). It was precipitated by a British sea captain, Robert Jenkins, who appeared before Parliament to produce what he claimed was his ear, cut off by the Spanish while they were carrying out a search of his ship in the Caribbean

play something by ear US English

Perform music without having to read from a score

listen with half an ear US English

Not give one’s full attention

have an ear to the ground US English

Be well informed about events and trends

in one ear and out the other US English

Heard but disregarded or quickly forgotten

box2 US English

A slap with the hand on the side of a person’s head given as a punishment or in anger

earbud US English

A very small headphone, worn inside the ear

eardrum US English

A membrane of the middle ear that vibrates in response to sound waves; the tympanic membrane

earflap US English

A flap of material on a hat or cap, covering the ear

earhole US English

The external opening of the ear

earlobe US English

The soft, fleshy lower part of the external ear

earmuffs US English

A pair of soft fabric coverings, connected by a band across the top of the head, that are worn over the ears to protect them from cold or noise

earwax US English

The protective yellow waxy substance secreted in the passage of the outer ear


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