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brawn  (brɔːn



  1. strong well-developed muscles
  2. physical strength, esp as opposed to intelligence
  3. (British) a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calf

Word Origin

C14: from Old French braon slice of meat, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brāto, Old English brǣd flesh


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= muscle, might, power, strength, muscles, beef (informal), flesh, vigour, robustness, muscularity, beefiness (informal), brawniness


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