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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bran
noun
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■ NOUN
oat
▪ More than 50% of oat bran fibre is water-soluble compared to eight percent of what bran fibre.
▪ My mind felt like oat bran stirred with a spoon.
▪ Because oat bran is very pale in color, this loaf looks almost like white bread.
▪ Only if some Super Bowl sponsor is giving away oat bran.
▪ Companies currently are limited to making claims that oatmeal or oat bran foods are low-fat or high-fiber.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Companies currently are limited to making claims that oatmeal or oat bran foods are low-fat or high-fiber.
▪ Having tried bran flakes you might well find that you like them just as much as ordinary cornflakes.
▪ If more is needed, try a breakfast cereal that contains bran, or sprinkle bran over another cereal.
▪ If you can get rice bran, feel free to substitute it.
▪ My mind felt like oat bran stirred with a spoon.
▪ Only if some Super Bowl sponsor is giving away oat bran.
▪ Sometimes, rosemary or balm was added to the bran to counteract the smell of decomposition.
▪ When I examined the manger where the feed had been put, I found oats and bran.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bran

Bran \Bran\, n. [OE. bren, bran, OF. bren, F. bran, from Celtic; cf. Armor. brenn, Ir. bran, bran, chaff.]

  1. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) The European carrion crow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bran

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."

Wiktionary
bran

n. 1 The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain. 2 The European carrion crow.

WordNet
bran
  1. n. broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting

  2. food prepared from the husks of cereal grains

Wikipedia
Bran (disambiguation)

Bran is the hard outer layer of cereal grains; it may also refer to:

Places
  • Bran Castle, a national monument and landmark of Romanian tourism
  • Bran, Brașov, a commune in Brașov County, Romania; location of Bran Castle
  • Bran, a village in Golăiești Commune, Iași County, Romania
  • Castell Dinas Brân, a castle in Llangollen, Wales
  • Bran, Charente-Maritime, a commune in the Charente-Maritime département in France
  • Bran, a place in the parish of Os Ánxeles in the Galician council of Oroso.
Persons
  • Bran Mutimirović, Serbian royalty
  • Bran Drobnjak, founder of Drobnjaci clan
  • Bran Ardchenn, king of Leinster
  • Bran Becc mac Murchado, king of Leinster
  • Guto Nyth Brân, legendary Welsh athlete
Characters
  • Brân the Blessed, a character in Welsh mythology
  • Bran Galed, a Welsh hero who had a magical drinking horn
  • Bran Mak Morn, the last King of the Picts in Robert E. Howard's fiction
  • Bran mac Febail, the protagonist of Immram Brain ( The Voyage of Bran), a tale from Irish mythology
  • Brandon "Bran" Stark, a character from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
Music
  • Branle, Baroque dance (Spanish form)
  • Bran (Welsh rock group), a Welsh prog rock group
Other
  • Broadband Radio Access Network, an European Telecommunications Standards Institute project involving low-cost, high-capacity radio links
  • A nickname of Brandon
  • Accademia della Crusca, also known as "The Bran" from the Italian word
Bran

Bran, also known as miller's bran, is the hard outer layers of cereal grain. It consists of the combined aleurone and pericarp.

Along with germ, it is an integral part of whole grains, and is often produced as a byproduct of milling in the production of refined grains. When bran is removed from grains, the grains lose a portion of their nutritional value. Bran is present in and may be milled from any cereal grain, including rice, corn (maize), wheat, oats, barley, rye and millet. Bran is not the same as chaff, coarser scaly material surrounding the grain but not forming part of the grain itself.

Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids and contains significant quantities of starch, protein, vitamins, and dietary minerals. It is also a source of phytic acid, an antinutrient that prevents nutrient absorption.

The high oil content of bran makes it subject to rancidification, one of the reasons that it is often separated from the grain before storage or further processing. Bran is often heat-treated to increase its longevity.

Usage examples of "bran".

Will and Bran pulled them out: besoms made like those for old-fashioned sweeping, but with the twigs longer and wider-spread.

What with all the hammering, sharpening, burnishing and polishing, we might have been such a city of smiths as Bran the Blessed encountered in one of his fabled journeys.

Bran Mastis materialized in front of them, a deadly sneer on his face.

Choose barley, bran, brown rice, bulgur, couscous, millet, oats, polenta, or quinoa as a cooked cereal or grain with your dinner.

As she slept amidst the rolling grasslands, Catelyn dreamt that Bran was whole again, that Arya and Sansa held hands, that Rickon was still a babe at her breast.

The spearman under my hand had been scalded through the joints of his armor with boiled bran poured on him as he climbed the siege ladder.

I keep it locked, the key sunk deep in a sealer jar filled with bran cereal.

Mum, and then Jacob was upset because Ronnie had finished the Bran Flakes and instead of apologizing or offering to go out and get some more from the village shop he was giving Jacob a sermonette on not always being able to have what you want, though the problem had been caused by Ronnie doing precisely that.

The while, Roich and Bran were stintless in their praise of the bear-fighting youth or New-man.

Welpe Brans nach ihm auf dem Thron sitzen, wenn wir nicht nach Beli drauf sitzen konnten?

Mikken had given him a rusty old visorless helm from the armory, but Bran seldom troubled to wear it.

Surely you were all too ignorant to expect it, but the bran spontaneously generated these aspergillus fungi.

Communications, navigation, weapons, the power suit: these things caught Brans attention, and so did her test marks, scored by Adopolous and the late Ragir Parnell.

When a sharp piece of iron smashed nine-year-old Brans fingernail and punched a vee-shaped segment under the rest of it, to put agonizing pressure on the bruised nerves, the boy had felt the worst pain of his entire life and nearly died of shock.

Plastic Smile chuckledthe handle bobbed with his merrimentand pushed Brans mother into the lock.