An iron fish spear with a number of points half-barbed inwardly.
1770: Served 5 lb of fish per man which was caught by striking with grains uE000220706uE001 journal of Stephen Forwood (gunner on H.M. Bark Endeavour), 4 May 1770, quoted by Parkin (page 195).
Plural form of grain.
Etymology: Spear sense from Old Norse grein meaning division. (Reference: Ray Parkin, H. M. Bark Endeavour, Miegunyah Press, second edition 2003, ISBN 0-522-85093-6, page 196.)
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
without a singular. The husks of malt exhausted in brewing.
Give them grains their fill,
Husks, draff, to drink and swill. Ben Jonson, New Inn.
A grain is a small, hard, dry fruit (caryopsis) – with or without an attached hull layer – harvested for human or animal consumption. A grain crop is a grain-producing plant. The two main types of commercial grain crops are cereals and legumes. After being harvested, dry grains are more durable than other staple foods, such as starchy fruits (plantains, breadfruit, etc.) and tubers (sweet potatoes, cassava, and more). This durability has made grains well suited to industrial agriculture, since they can be mechanically harvested, transported by rail or ship, stored for long periods in silos, and milled for flour or pressed for oil. Thus, the grain market is a major global commodity market that includes crops such as maize, rice, soybeans, wheat and other grains.
see 5th Grain, n., 2 (b)
pigeon's dung used in tanning. See Grainer. n., 1
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A five-pronged fish-spear, grains signifying branches.
Plural noun of grain.
In some cereals there are a number of a variety of grains.
Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2016
The numerical value of grains in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of grains in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door
I think Americans are slowly getting the message that ... breads and grains are fine as long as they are whole grains so we get fiber and nutrients.
A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop makes an inundation.
Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door.
Our findings provide convincing evidence for nutrition guidelines to focus on increasing dietary fiber and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces incidence risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases.
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