What does yew mean?

Definitions for yewyu; unstressed yʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yew(noun)

    wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows

  2. yew(noun)

    any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves


  1. yew(Noun)

    A species of coniferous tree, Taxus baccata, with dark-green flat needle-like leaves and seeds bearing red arils, native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia.

  2. yew(Noun)

    Any tree or shrub of the genus Taxus.

  3. yew(Noun)

    The wood of the yew.

  4. yew(Adjective)

    Made from the wood of the yew tree.

    But if a knight shall come with many-coloured clothes, with an ermine bonnet and a yewen bow with a silken string...

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yew(verb)

    see Yaw

  2. Yew(noun)

    an evergreen tree (Taxus baccata) of Europe, allied to the pines, but having a peculiar berrylike fruit instead of a cone. It frequently grows in British churchyards

  3. Yew(noun)

    the wood of the yew. It is light red in color, compact, fine-grained, and very elastic. It is preferred to all other kinds of wood for bows and whipstocks, the best for these purposes coming from Spain

  4. Yew(noun)

    a bow for shooting, made of the yew

  5. Yew(adj)

    of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock

  6. Origin: [OE. ew, AS. ew, w, eoh; akin to D. ijf, OHG. wa, ha, G. eibe, Icel. r; cf. Ir. iubhar, Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. jva the black alder tree.]


  1. YEW

    YEW is a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia that serves Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yew

    ū, n. a tree of genus Taxus—natural order Taxaceæ, itself a suborder of Coniferæ—widely diffused over the whole northern parts of the world, with narrow lanceolate or linear leaves (in Europe long planted in graveyards), yielding an elastic wood good for bows: its wood.—adj. Yew′en (Spens.), made of yew.—n. Yew′-tree. [A.S. íw, éow, éoh; Ger. eibe, Ir. iubhar.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yew in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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