Definitions starting with E

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ears, hears, years

[Atlantic; these forms have different sources: year ear was used in standard English until the 16th century (OED) and is still current in US dial. South (ADD); hear ear is the result of /h/ alternating freely with initial vowels in various Brit. dial. and that of Abaco, and influence from hear v.; all three forms have incorporated the Eng. pl. ending -s into the root] n. sing, or pl. ear or ears: 1928 yeres, ears (Par-sons 481). My ears hurt me [referring to a single ear] (Nassau). Ear, hear, hair, air, heir, err, hare—they all sound the same but spell different (Abaco). (Black)

Tags: anatomy, body part, noun

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Last update: 2010-09-18 18:47
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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