yew
noun Etymology: Middle English ew, from Old English īw; akin to Old High German īwa yew, Middle Irish Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of a genus (Taxus of the family Taxaceae, the yew family) of evergreen gymnospermous trees and shrubs with stiff linear leaves and seeds surrounded by a fleshy red aril: as (1) a long-lived Eurasian tree or shrub (T. baccata) — called also English yew (2) a low straggling bush (T. canadensis) of the eastern United States and Canada (3) Pacific yew b. the wood of a yew; especially the heavy fine-grained wood of the English yew 2. archaic an archery bow made of yew

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Yew — may refer to:Botany*Any of various coniferous trees and shrubs in the genus Taxus : **European Yew or Common Yew ( Taxus baccata ) **Pacific Yew or Western Yew ( Taxus brevifolia ) **Canadian Yew ( Taxus canadensis ) **Chinese Yew ( Taxus… …   Wikipedia

  • Yew — Yew, n. [OE. ew, AS. e[ o]w, [=i]w, eoh; akin to D. ijf, OHG. [=i]wa, [=i]ha, G. eibe, Icel. [=y]r; cf. Ir. iubhar, Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. j[ e]va the black alder tree.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An evergreen tree ({Taxus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yew — ([=u]), a. Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • yew —    Yew trees symbolize both death and immortality, being poisonous but long lived, and able to re root their branches to produce fresh saplings. Until the 18th century, their foliage was laid in coffins and graves at *funerals. The custom of… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • yew — (n.) O.E. iw, eow yew, from P.Gmc. *iwa /*iwo (Cf. M.Du. iwe, Du. ijf, O.H.G. iwa, Ger. Eibe, O.N. yr), from PIE *ei wo (Cf. O.Ir. eo, Welsh ywen yew ), perhaps a suffixed form of *ei reddish, motley, yel …   Etymology dictionary

  • yew — yew; yew·berry; yew·en; …   English syllables

  • yew — [yo͞o] n. [ME ew < OE iw, eow, akin to Ger eibe (OHG iwa) < IE * (e)iwā < base * ei , reddish > L uva, grape: orig. name because of color of the wood] 1. a) any of a genus (Taxus) of evergreen shrubs and trees of the yew family,… …   English World dictionary

  • Yew — ([=u]), v. i. See {Yaw}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yew — yü n any of a genus (Taxus of the family Taxaceae, the yew family) of evergreen trees and shrubs with stiff linear leaves and seeds surrounded by a fleshy red aril esp one (T. brevifolia) of the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada whose bark… …   Medical dictionary

  • yew — [ ju ] noun count a tree with dark green leaves that produces a bright red fruit a. uncount the wood of a yew tree …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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