gar

gar

1 [gahr]
noun, plural (especially collectively) gar (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gars.
1.
Also called garfish, garpike. any predaceous freshwater fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North America, covered with hard, diamond-shaped scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth.
2.
needlefish ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1755–65, Americanism; shortened form of garfish

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gar

2 [gahr]
verb (used with object), garred, garring.
1.
Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
2.
Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare

gar.

G.A.R.

Grand Army of the Republic.
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gar1 (ɡɑː)
 
n , pl gar, gars
garpike short for garfish

gar2 (ɡɑːr)
 
vb
(Scot) (tr) to cause or compel
 
[from Old Norse]

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gar
"pike-like fish," 1765, Amer.Eng., shortening of garfish (c.1440), from O.E. gar "spear," from P.Gmc. *gaizo- (cf. O.N. geirr, O.H.G. ger, Ger. Ger "spear").
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gar
garden
GAR
Grand Army of the Republic
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