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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bran, bren, of uncertain origin

branner, noun Unabridged


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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bran (bræn)
1.  husks of cereal grain separated from the flour by sifting
2.  food prepared from these husks
Related: furfuraceous
[C13: from Old French, probably of Gaulish origin]

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Word Origin & History

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

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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Example sentences
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
Company researchers said it was the active ingredient in oat bran and other
  fiber-rich foods.
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