ewe

[yoo; Dialect yoh]

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēowu, ēwe; cognate with Old High German ou, ouwi, Dutch ooi, Latin ovis, Greek óïs, oîs, Sanskrit ávi

ewe, yew, you (see usage note at you).
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Ewe

[ey-vey, ey-wey]
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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ewe (juː)
 
n
a.  a female sheep
 b.  (as modifier): a ewe lamb
 
[Old English ēowu; related to Old Norse ǣr ewe, Old High German ou, Latin ovis sheep, Sanskrit avi]

Ewe (ˈɛwɛ)
 
n , Ewe, Ewes
1.  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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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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Example sentences
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.
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