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bower1

[bou-er] /ˈbaʊ ər/
noun
1.
a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
2.
a rustic dwelling; cottage.
3.
a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to enclose in or as in a bower; embower.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English bour, Old English būr chamber; cognate with Old Norse būr pantry, German Bauer birdcage; akin to neighbor
Related forms
bowerlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bowerlike

bower1

/ˈbaʊə/
noun
1.
a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
2.
(literary) a lady's bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
3.
(literary) a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque
Derived Forms
bowery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English būr dwelling; related to Old Norse būr pantry, Old High German būr dwelling

bower2

/ˈbaʊə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a vessel's bow anchor
Word Origin
C18: from bow³ + -er1

bower3

/ˈbaʊə/
noun
1.
a jack in euchre and similar card games
Word Origin
C19: from German Bauer peasant, jack (in cards)
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Word Origin and History for bowerlike
bower
O.E. bur "room, hut, dwelling, chamber," from P.Gmc. *buraz (cf. O.N. bur "chamber," Swed. bur "cage," O.H.G. bur "dwelling, chamber," Ger. Bauer "birdcage"), from base *bu- "to dwell," from PIE base *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see be). Modern spelling developed after mid-14c. Sense of "leafy arbor" (place closed in by trees) is first attested 1520s. Hence, too, Australia's bower-bird (1847).
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