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noun m (plural Kerns)
  1. A type of medieval Irish soldier
Etymology: Middle Irish Ceithernn to Middle English Kerne to English Kern


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noun 
  1. A light-armed foot soldier of the ancient militia of Ireland and Scotland; often used as a term of contempt.
Quotation
  • c.1599: "O, then belike she was old and gentle; and you rode like a of Ireland, your French hose off and in your strait strossers." — Henry V: Ac.3 Sc7, Wm. Shakespeare.
    1. In hot-metal printing, a is any part of a letter which extends into the space used by another letter.
Etymology: 
  • (As verb). Possibly meaning to pack tightly, as in kernels on an ear of maize.



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