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noun 
  1. Plural of grain.
  2. An iron fish spear with a number of points half-barbed inwardly.
1770: Served 5 lb of fish per man which was caught by striking with grains — journal of Stephen Forwood (gunner on w:HM Bark Endeavour, H.M. Bark Endeavour), 4 May 1770, quoted by Parkin (page 195).
Etymology: Spear sense from Old Norse grein meaning division. (Reference: w:Ray Parkin, Ray Parkin, H. M. Bark Endeavour, w:Miegunyah Press, Miegunyah Press, second edition 2003, ISBN 0-522-85093-6, page 196.)


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