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bran

[bran] /bræn/
noun
1.
the partly ground husk of wheat or other grain, separated from flour meal by sifting.
verb (used with object), branned, branning.
2.
to soak or boil in bran water, as in the tanning of hides.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bran, bren, of uncertain origin
Related forms
branner, noun

Bran

[bran] /bræn/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a male given name, form of Brandon.
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British Dictionary definitions for brans

bran

/bræn/
noun
1.
husks of cereal grain separated from the flour by sifting
2.
food prepared from these husks
related
adjective furfuraceous
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, probably of Gaulish origin
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Word Origin and History for brans

bran

n.

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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brans in Medicine

bran (brān)
n.
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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