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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 ewes
  • Wild sheep live in social groups, but rams and ewes typically meet only to mate.
  • Bighorn sheep live in divided herds: ewes and lambs together in larger groups, rams in smaller bachelor herds.
  • Then he closed the cave again with the stone and went and milked his ewes and his goats.
  • Next he sat down and milked his ewes, preparing a part for cheese, and setting the rest aside for his customary drink.
  • When these cloned ewes produce milk, the drug should be present and could be extracted from the milk.
British Dictionary definitions for ewes

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 ewes
ewe
O.E. eowu, fem. of eow "sheep," from P.Gmc. *awi, gen. *awjoz (cf. M.Du. ooge, O.H.G. ouwi, Goth. aweþi "flock of sheep"), from PIE *owi- (cf. Skt. avih, Gk. ois, Lith. avis "sheep," O.C.S. ovica "ewe").
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