tawer

taw

2 [taw]
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
2.
to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
3.
Archaic. to flog; thrash.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English tawen, Old English tawian; cognate with Dutch touwen, Gothic taujan

tawer, noun
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taw1 (tɔː)
 
n
1.  the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2.  informal (Austral) back to taws back to the beginning
3.  a large marble used for shooting
4.  a game of marbles
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

taw2 (tɔː)
 
vb
1.  to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
2.  archaic, dialect or to flog; beat
 
[Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make]
 
'tawer2
 
n

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taw
"to prepare" (leather), from O.E. tawian "to do, make," from P.Gmc. *tawojan (cf. O.Fris. tawa, O.S. toian, M.Du. tauwen, Du. touwen, O.H.G. zouwen "to prepare," O.H.G. zawen "to succeed," Goth. taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of O.E. tol "tool" (see tool).
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