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[bran] /bræn/
the partly ground husk of wheat or other grain, separated from flour meal by sifting.
verb (used with object), branned, branning.
to soak or boil in bran water, as in the tanning of hides.
Origin of bran
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bran, bren, of uncertain origin
Related forms
branner, noun


[bran] /bræn/
Welsh Legend. a king of Britain and the brother of Manawydan and Branwen: his head was buried at London as a magical defense against invasion. He was sometimes regarded as a sea god or Christian saint.
a male given name, form of Brandon. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bran
  • The changed this when a few people were really loosing by living off of all bran muffins or some such.
  • White rice is the result of more processing that removes the outer layers of bran until it is a translucent white grain.
  • Fragmented rice kernels, with the bran removed, used as supplemental starch in beer-making.
  • Company researchers said it was the active ingredient in oat bran and other fiber-rich foods.
  • Seek out whole-grain breads, which retain fiber and nutrients from the germ and bran.
  • Types of pancakes include wheat bran, buttermilk and sesame seed.
  • Make muffins using oatmeal, bran or whole-wheat flour.
  • Eat high-fiber, low-fat foods, such as apples or bran muffins.
  • The article doesn't specify whether or not the germ and bran were lost during the scouring process.
  • Ellen felt vaguely troubled as she poured herself a bowl of oat bran.
British Dictionary definitions for bran


husks of cereal grain separated from the flour by sifting
food prepared from these husks
adjective furfuraceous
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, probably of Gaulish origin
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Word Origin and History for bran

c.1300, "the husk of wheat, barley, etc., separated from the flour after grinding," from Old French bren "bran, scurf, scales, feces" (12c., Modern French bran), perhaps connected with Gaulish *brenno- "manure," or with burn (v.). The word also was used 16c. in English for "dandruff flakes."

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bran in Medicine

bran (brān)
The outer layers of a cereal grain such as wheat, approximately 20 percent of which is indigestible cellulose, used as a source of dietary fiber.

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