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Definitions of yew

  1. wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. See Yaw. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An evergreen tree (Taxus baccata) of Europe, allied to the pines, but having a peculiar berrylike fruit instead of a cone. It frequently grows in British churchyards. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The wood of the yew. It is light red in color, compact, fine-grained, and very elastic. It is preferred to all other kinds of wood for bows and whipstocks, the best for these purposes coming from Spain. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A bow for shooting, made of the yew. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A large cone-bearing, evergreen tree with dark green foliage; also, its fine-grained wood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. An evergreen tree, allied to the pine. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. An evergreen tree allied to the pines. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. An Old World evergreen tree of slow growth and long life. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Relating to the yew; made of yew. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. An evergreen tree, of the genus taxus, allied to the pines, valued for its wood, which has been used from an early date for making bows. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To rise, as scum on the brine in boiling at the salt-works. See Yaw. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A large evergreen tree belonging to the coniferae. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock. mso.anu.edu.au
  16. [=u], n. a tree of genus Taxus--natural order Taxaceæ, itself a suborder of Coniferæ--widely diffused over the whole northern parts of the world, with narrow lanceolate or linear leaves (in Europe long planted in graveyards), yielding an elastic wood good for bows: its wood.--adj. YEW'EN (Spens.), made of yew.--n. YEW'-TREE. [A.S. íw, éow, éoh; Ger. eibe, Ir. iubhar.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. (Wood of) kinds of slow-growing dark-leaved evergreen tree (also y.-tree) often planted in graveyards& used formerly for making bows& still in cabinet-making. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A native coniferous tree of the genus Taxus, allied to the fir, pine. It is a tree ramifying in numerous, widely spreading branches, and is planted for its umbrageousness in church-yards. Its wood was formerly employed in making bows, and is prized for its hard, compact grain by turners. Cabinet Dictionary

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