• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wheat-ear an ear of wheat
    • n Wheat-ear hwēt′-ēr a bird of the genus Chat, a common summer visitant of Britain, abounding on downs and fallow fields.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from White-arse.


In literature:

They grow into tall, jointed stems, and soon the ears of wheat appear.
"Chambers's Elementary Science Readers" by Various
As the wheat comes into ear it is garlanded about with hedges in full flower.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
These have been changed by the ingenious restorers into eagles bearing ears of wheat.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
Some wheat-ears continue with us the winter through.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
His sacrifices consisted of milk, meat, wine, grapes, wheat-ears, and pigs.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
The waving golden grain told her that Persephone was as an ear of wheat that is reaped before its time.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Wheat-ear carnation 372 188.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
That was a wheat-ear.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He plucks some dry ears of corn, that wheat is golden.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
In the morning she felt sound as an ear of wheat, fragrant and firm and full.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

As Jesus and his followers
Upon a Sabbath morn
Were walking by a wheat field
They plucked the ears of corn.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves
Yellow as dancing wheat-ears ripe
He suns with his gay youth,
And feeds me with the gold of light,
The thrice-tried gleam of truth.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
A word in the ear of the corn,
A hint to the heart of the wheat;
And these grow crisper and whisper and whisper
Of days that are almost complete.
"Summer Wind" by John Joy Bell
For long ago in the summer noons,
Under the shade of that trysting tree,
My love brought wheat ears and clover blooms,
And vows that were sweeter than both, to me.
"Pictures in the Fire" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Warmth and light, buzzing bumblebees, wheat ears and grasses,
Azure skies - of high summer the birth…
To his prodigal son will the Lord say: "Confess, pray -
Have you known true contentment on earth?"
""Warmth and light, buzzing bumblebees…"" by Ivan Bunin
All day long Eve wearied for the garden.
Not for her the comfort Adam knew
As he watched the wheat-ears slowly harden,
As the plaited roof above him grew.
"For the sake of all my lilies, pardon.
God," she prayed, "give back my violets blue."
"Cain" by Ethel Clifford

In news:

Perhaps "making a silk purse from a sow's ear" may be a little strong when comparing the process of ammoniating low-quality roughages such as wheat straw and fescue hay cut after seed harvest.
Winter wheat in the UK, which had its wettest summer in a century this year, showed the worst-ever symptoms in the current season of fungal diseases fusarium ear blight and septoria tritici, CropMonitor said.