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KERN, noun An Irish footman or foot-soldier.

1. In English laws, an idle person or vagabond.

KERN, noun A hand-mill consisting of two stones, one of which is turned by the hand; usually written quern, which see.

1. A churn.

KERN, verb intransitive

1. To harden, as corn in ripening.

2. To take the form of corns; to granulate.

KERN'-BABY, noun [corn-baby.] An image dressed with corn, and carried before reapers to their harvest-home.