wether-wool

wether

[weth-er]
noun
1.
a castrated male sheep.
2.
Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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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wether
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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