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kern, kerne /kɜːn/ n
  1. the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
Etymology: 17th Century: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge
kern /kɜːn/ n
  1. a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
  2. archaic a loutish peasant
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle

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