a castrated male sheep.
Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon withar, Old High German widar, Old Norse vethr, Gothic withrus

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wether (ˈwɛðə)
a male sheep, esp a castrated one
[Old English hwæther; related to Old Frisian hweder, Old High German hwedar, Old Norse hvatharr]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. weðer "ram," from P.Gmc. *wethruz (cf. O.S. wethar, O.N. veðr, O.H.G. widar, Ger. Widder, Goth. wiþrus "lamb"), lit. "yearling," from PIE base *wet- "year" (cf. Skt. vatsah "calf," Gk. etalon "yearling," L. vitulus "calf," lit. "yearling"). Male sheep, especially a castrated one.
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Example sentences
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.
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