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ear1 British & World English

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

ear2 British & World English

The seed-bearing head or spike of a cereal plant

ear English Thesaurus

Helen had an infection of the ear

easy on the eye British & World English

Pleasant to look at (or listen to)

bear's ear British & World English

Another term for auricula.

cat's ear British & World English

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

ear candy British & World English

Light popular music that is pleasant and entertaining but intellectually undemanding

ear drops British & World English

Liquid medication to be applied in small amounts to the ear

ear flap British & World English

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

ear shell British & World English

Another term for abalone.

ear tuft British & World English

Each of a pair of tufts of longer feathers on the top of the head of some owls

glue ear British & World English

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

inner ear British & World English

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

Jew's ear British & World 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 British & World English

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

wood ear British & World 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 British & World English

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

ear trumpet British & World English

A trumpet-shaped device formerly used as a hearing aid

middle ear British & World English

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

violet-ear British & World English

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

ear candling British & World 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 British & World English

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

ear-piercing British & World English

Loud and shrill

elephant ear British & World English

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

external ear British & World English

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

cauliflower ear British & World English

A person’s ear that has become thickened or deformed as a result of repeated blows, typically in boxing or rugby

lend an ear British & World English

Listen sympathetically or attentively

cock one's ear British & World English

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

bend someone's ear British & World English

Talk to someone, especially at length or to ask a favour

turn a deaf ear British & World English

Refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request

have someone's ear British & World English

Have access to and influence with someone

be out on one's ear British & World English

Be dismissed ignominiously

Jenkins's Ear, War of British & World 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 British & World English

Perform music without having to read from a score

listen with half an ear British & World English

Not give one’s full attention

have an ear to the ground British & World English

Be well informed about events and trends

give someone a thick ear British & World English

Punish someone (or be punished) with a blow on the ear or head

play it by ear in play something by ear British & World English

Proceed instinctively according to results and circumstances rather than according to rules or a plan

in one ear and out the other British & World English

Heard but quickly forgotten

have a word in someone's ear British & World English

Speak to someone privately or discreetly, especially to give them a warning

box2 British & World English

A slap with the hand on the side of a person’s head


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