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ewe

[yoo; Dialect yoh] /yu; Dialect yoʊ/
noun
1.
a female sheep, especially when fully mature.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēowu, ēwe; cognate with Old High German ou, ouwi, Dutch ooi, Latin ovis, Greek óïs, oîs, Sanskrit ávi
Can be confused
ewe, yew, you (see usage note at you)

Ewe

[ey-vey, ey-wey] /ˈeɪ veɪ, ˈeɪ weɪ/
noun
1.
a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
2.
the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.
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Examples for ewe
  • When the resulting embryo reached the six-day stage, it was implanted in a ewe.
  • All it took was that first headline about the astonishing ewe, and fertility experts began to hear the questions every day.
British Dictionary definitions for ewe

ewe

/juː/
noun
1.
  1. a female sheep
  2. (as modifier) a ewe lamb
Word Origin
Old English ēowu; related to Old Norse ǣr ewe, Old High German ou, Latin ovis sheep, Sanskrit avi

Ewe

/ˈɛwɛ/
noun
1.
(pl) Ewe, Ewes. a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in the forests of E Ghana, Togo, and Benin
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
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Word Origin and History for ewe
n.

Old English eowu, fem. of eow "sheep," from Proto-Germanic *awi, genitive *awjoz (cf. Old Saxon ewi, Old Frisian ei, Middle Dutch ooge, Dutch ooi, Old High German ouwi "sheep," Gothic aweþi "flock of sheep"), from PIE *owi- (cf. Sanskrit avih, Greek ois, Latin ovis, Lithuanian avis "sheep," Old Church Slavonic ovica "ewe," Old Irish oi "sheep," Welsh ewig "hind").

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