bowerlike

bower

1 [bou-er]
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:
before 900; Middle English bour, Old English būr chamber; cognate with Old Norse būr pantry, German Bauer birdcage; akin to neighbor

bowerlike, adjective
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bower1 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
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
 
[Old English būr dwelling; related to Old Norse būr pantry, Old High German būr dwelling]
 
'bowery1
 
adj

bower2 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
nautical a vessel's bow anchor
 
[C18: from bow³ + -er1]

bower3 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
a jack in euchre and similar card games
 
[C19: from German Bauer peasant, jack (in cards)]

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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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