v. gleaned, glean·ing, gleans
To gather grain or other produce left behind in a field after harvest.
a. To gather (grain or other produce) left behind after harvest.
b. To gather grain or other produce left behind in (a field).
2. To collect bit by bit: "records from which historians glean their knowledge" (Kemp Malone). See Synonyms at reap.
[Middle English glenen, from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin.]
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