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[weth -er] /ˈwɛð ər/
a castrated male sheep.
Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep.
Origin of wether
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon withar, Old High German widar, Old Norse vethr, Gothic withrus Unabridged
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  • The teat lengths of both ewes and wethers in the dosed group increased significantly during the dosing period.
  • Basically it came down to wether or not the quotas, percentages or points were written down or not.
British Dictionary definitions for wether


a male sheep, esp a castrated one
Word Origin
Old English hwæther; related to Old Frisian hweder, Old High German hwedar, Old Norse hvatharr
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Word Origin and History for wether

Old English weðer "ram," from Proto-Germanic *wethruz (cf. Old Saxon wethar, Old Norse veðr, Old High German widar, German Widder, Gothic wiþrus "lamb"), literally "yearling," from PIE root *wet- "year" (cf. Sanskrit vatsah "calf," Greek etalon "yearling," Latin vitulus "calf," literally "yearling"). Male sheep, especially a castrated one.

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