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Barrow

[bar-oh] /ˈbær oʊ/
noun
1.
Also called Barrow-in-Furness
[bar-oh-in-fur-nis] /ˈbær oʊ ɪnˈfɜr nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
2.
Point, the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
3.
a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center.
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British Dictionary definitions for point barrow

barrow1

/ˈbærəʊ/
noun
2.
Also called barrowful. the amount contained in or on a barrow
3.
(mainly Brit) a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
4.
(Northern English, dialect) concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
5.
(Irish & Scot, dialect) into one's barrow, suited to one's interests or desires
Word Origin
Old English bearwe; related to Old Norse bararbier, Old High German bāra

barrow2

/ˈbærəʊ/
noun
1.
a heap of earth placed over one or more prehistoric tombs, often surrounded by ditches. Long barrows are elongated Neolithic mounds usually covering stone burial chambers; round barrows are Bronze Age, covering burials or cremations
Word Origin
Old English beorg; related to Old Norse bjarg, Gothic bairgahei hill, Old High German berg mountain

barrow3

/ˈbærəʊ/
noun
1.
a castrated pig
Word Origin
Old English bearg; related to Old Norse börgr, Old High German barug

Barrow

/ˈbærəʊ/
noun
1.
a river in SE Ireland, rising in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flowing south to Waterford Harbour. Length: about 193 km (120 miles)
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Word Origin and History for point barrow

barrow

n.

"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)). The original had no wheel and required two persons to carry it.

"mound," Old English beorg (West Saxon), berg (Anglian) "barrow, mountain, hill, mound," from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German berg "mountain," Old North bjarg "rock"), from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Old Church Slavonic bregu "mountain, height," Old Irish brigh "mountain," Sanskrit b'rhant "high," Old Persian bard- "be high"). Obsolete except in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by modern archaeology.

In place-names used of small continuously curving hills, smaller than a dun, with the summit typically occupied by a single farmstead or by a village church with the village beside the hill, and also of burial mounds. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]
Meaning "mound erected over a grave" was a specific sense in late Old English. Barrow-wight first recorded 1869 in Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris's translation of the Icelandic saga of Grettir the Strong.

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Encyclopedia Article for point barrow

Point Barrow

northernmost point of Alaska, U.S., situated on the Arctic Ocean. Archaeological evidence dates human habitation (by Inupiaq Eskimos) in the area from about AD 500. The headland was explored in 1826 by Frederick W. Beechey and named for Sir John Barrow, British promoter of Arctic exploration; its Inupiaq name is Ukpeagvik, meaning "Place Where Owls Are Hunted." Once important in Arctic aviation, it was the departure point of Sir George Hubert Wilkins's flight (1928) over the North Pole and was the site of the air crash (1935) that killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post (for whom the city of Barrow's airport is jointly named). Point Barrow was the site of a U.S. Navy Arctic research station from the 1940s to 1980, when the station was closed. The area has vast oil and gas deposits and is the northernmost tip of the massive National Petroleum Reserve

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