What is bran?

  • (noun): Food prepared from the husks of cereal grains.
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Bran, also known as miller's bran, is the hard outer layer of cereals which consists of combined aleurone and pericarp. Along with germ, it is an integral part of whole grains, and is often produced as a by-product 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 and millet. Bran should not be confused with chaff, which is coarser scaly material surrounding the grain, but not forming part of the grain itself.

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Bran Mac Fáeláin
... Bran mac Fáeláin (died 838) was a King of Leinster of the Uí Dúnchada sept of the Uí Dúnlainge branch of the Laigin ... Bran ruled from 835 to 838 ... nEógain led an army into Leinster and set up Bran as king ...
Son Of The Shadows - Plot Summary
... She accepts the task and eventually falls in love with Bran, their leader ... When Bran finds out that she is actually daughter of Hugh of Horrowfield, he sends her back home ... she returns to Sevenwaters, she finds she is pregnant with Bran's child ...
The Children Of Llyr - Plot Summary
... ruled by the children of Llyr and Penarddun, the giant King Bran and his siblings Branwen and Manawyddan, together with their younger half-brothers Nissyen and ... Bran placates the Irish king by compensating him with new horses and treasure, including a magical cauldron which can restore the dead to life ... Finally she gets a message to Bran, who responds by making war on Matholuch ...
Celtic Tree Worship - List of Trees - Alder
... Alders are especially associated with Bran at Cad Goddeu, ‘The Battle of the Trees’, Gwydion guessed Bran's name from the alder twigs in his hand ... is the alder purple?’ is ‘Because Bran wore purple’ ... Bran's alder may be a symbol of resurrection ...
Bran Ua Máele Dúin
... Bran ua Máele Dúin (or Bran mac Dúnchada) (died 712) was a king of the Uí Cheinnselaig of South Leinster ... The date of Bran's accession is unknown but the Book of Leinster king list gives him a reign of three years which would correspond to 709-712 ... lived in the early 6th century of whom Bran was a 5th generation descendant ...

More definitions of "bran":

  • (noun): Broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting.