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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brannoun

    broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting

  2. brannoun

    food prepared from the husks of cereal grains


  1. brannoun

    Outside layer of a grain.

  2. Etymology: From bren, from brennos, from bragnos (compare Welsh braen ‘stench’, Irish bréan ‘rancid’), from bʰreh₁g- (compare Latin fragrare ‘to smell strongly’, Dutch brak ‘hound’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brannoun

    the broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain

  2. Brannoun

    the European carrion crow


  1. Bran

    Bran, also known as miller's bran, is the hard outer layers of cereal grain. It consists of the combined aleurone and pericarp. Along with germ, it is an integral part of whole grains, and is often produced as a by-product of milling in the production of refined grains. When bran is removed from grains, the grains lose a portion of their nutritional value. Bran is present in and may be milled from any cereal grain, including rice, corn, wheat, oats, barley and millet. Bran should not be confused with chaff, which is coarser scaly material surrounding the grain, but not forming part of the grain itself. Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids and contains significant quantities of starch, protein, vitamins, dietary minerals and phytic acid, which is an antinutrient that prevents nutrient absorption. Rice bran is a byproduct of the rice milling process, and it contains various antioxidants that impart beneficial effects on human health. A major rice bran fraction contains 12%-13% oil and highly unsaponifiable components. This fraction contains tocotrienols, gamma-oryzanol and beta-sitosterol; all these constituents may contribute to the lowering of the plasma levels of the various parameters of the lipid profile. Rice bran also contains a high level of dietary fibres. In addition, it also contains ferulic acid, which is also a component of the structure of nonlignified cell walls. However, some research suggests there are levels of inorganic arsenic present in rice bran. One study found the levels to be 20% higher than in drinking water. Other types of bran contain less arsenic than rice bran, and are just as nutrient rich.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bran

    bran, n. the refuse of grain: the inner husks of corn sifted from the flour: the coarser part of anything.—n. Bran′fulness.—adj. Bran′ny. [O. Fr. bran, bran; prob. Celt.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bran

    name given to Fingal's dog.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bran in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bran in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bran in a Sentence

  1. Seamus Mullen:

    A nonfat bran muffin will spike in a half hour.

  2. John Leddy:

    Mild traumatic brain injury is a category of bran injury that includes concussion, with concussion being at the mildest end of that spectrum. So sports concussion, for example, would be a subset of mild traumatic brain injury, all of the patients in this study received a CT scan to evaluate for brain bleeding or skull fracture and may have had a neurological deficit when they came to the emergency room. While that type of injury can be classified as' mild,' it's a lot more severe than a sport-related concussion typically would be.

  3. Sara Haas:

    Intact whole grains that still have the outer layer [the bran], such as farro, freekeh, sorghum, and wheat berries, should be soaked in water overnight to help release the phytates, but this doesn't apply to semi-refined or unhulled types like pearled barley or instant oats.

  4. George R.R. Martin:

    Bran thought about it. “Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?” “That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him.

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