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haw1

Syllabification: haw

noun

The red fruit of the hawthorn.
Example sentences
  • However, there appear to be lots of hips on the dog-rose, haws on the whitethorn and sloes on the blackthorn.
  • We can still find around us an abundance of hips and haws and holly, but for our once proud elms, in the UK at least, we need a Constable.
  • The birds have had to rely on haws and berries and there are no cornfields in the western regions, most birds are thin and underdeveloped because of lack of sustenance.

Origin

Old English haga, of Germanic origin; probably related to hedge (compare with Dutch haag 'hedge').

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haw2

Syllabification: haw

noun

The third eyelid or nictitating membrane in certain mammals, especially dogs and cats.
Example sentences
  • It has developed an oily outer coat and a fleecy undercoat, and eyes that shut tight to keep out water and infection with no haw, the third eyelid seen in the St. Bernard.
  • The haw moves across the eye horizontally, reaching from the inner corner to the outside of the eye and back. When not in use, the haw folds into the corner of the eye and is barely visible.
  • Eyelids which are to deeply pendant and show conspicuously the lachrymal glands, or a very red, thick haw, and eyes that are to light, are objectionable.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a discharge from the eye): of unknown origin.

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haw3

Syllabification: haw

verb

See hem and haw at hem2.
Example sentences
  • After staring at the screen for an hour, hemming and hawing, I just said okay, write the damn thing.
  • Rodgers says the officer hemmed and hawed before phoning her supervisor.
  • The president hemmed and hawed, fretted and frowned, sputtered and stammered.

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