[eer-ring, -ing] /ˈɪərˌrɪŋ, -ɪŋ/
an ornament worn on or hanging from the lobe of the .
an ornament for the ear, usually clipped onto the lobe or fastened through a hole pierced in the lobe
Old English earhring, from ear (n.1) + hring (see ring (n.)). Also earspinl. Now including any sort of ornament in the ear; the pendants were originally ear-drops (1720).
The two groups which had formerly a near monopoly on male earrings were Gypsies and sailors. Both has the usual traditions about eyesight, but it was also said that sailors’ earrings would save them from drowning, while others argued that should a sailor be drowned and washed up on some foreign shore, his gold earrings would pay for a proper Christian burial. [“Dictionary of English Folklore”]
rings properly for the ear (Gen. 35:4; Num. 31:50; Ezek. 16:12). In Gen. 24:47 the word means a nose-jewel, and is so rendered in the Revised Version. In Isa. 3:20 the Authorized Version has “ear-rings,” and the Revised Version “amulets,” which more correctly represents the original word (lehashim), which means incantations; charms, thus remedies against enchantment, worn either suspended from the neck or in the ears of females. Ear-rings were ornaments used by both sexes (Ex. 32:2).
[eer] /ɪər/ noun 1. the organ of hearing and equilibrium in vertebrates, in humans consisting of an external ear that gathers sound vibrations, a middle ear in which the vibrations resonate against the tympanic membrane, and a fluid-filled internal ear that maintains balance and that conducts the tympanic vibrations to the auditory nerve, which transmits […]
[soh-er] /ˈsoʊ ər/ noun 1. Dialect. a dragonfly.
noun 1. . noun 1. another name for the abalone
[eer-shot] /ˈɪərˌʃɒt/ noun 1. the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard. /ˈɪəˌʃɒt/ noun 1. the range or distance within which sound may be heard (esp in the phrases within earshot, out of earshot) n. c.1600, from ear (n.1) + shot (n.) in the sense of “range” (e.g. bowshot).