What does yew mean?

Definitions for yew
yu; unstressed yʊyew

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yewnoun

    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. yewnoun

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


  1. yewnoun

    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. yewnoun

    Any tree or shrub of the genus Taxus.

  3. yewnoun

    The wood of the yew.

  4. yewadjective

    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...

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yewnoun

    A tree of tough wood.

    Etymology: iw , Saxon; yw, Welsh. This is often written eugh; but the former orthography is at once nearer to the sound and the derivation. See Eugh .

    It hath amentaceous flowers, which consist of many apices, for the most part shaped like a mushroom, and are barren; but the embryoes, which are produced at remote distances on the same tree, do afterward become hollow bell-shaped berries, which are full of juice, and include seeds somewhat like acorns, having, as it were, a little cup to each. Philip Miller.

    The shooter eugh, the broad-leav’d sycamore,
    The barren plantane, and the walnut sound;
    The myrrhe, that her soul sin doth still deplore,
    Alder the owner of all waterish ground. Edward Fairfax.

    Slips of yew,
    Shiver’d in the moon’s eclipse. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They would bind me here
    Unto the body of a dismal yew. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.

    He drew,
    And almost join’d the horns of the tough yew. Dryden.

    The distinguish’d yew is ever seen,
    Unchang’d his branch, and permanent his green. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yewverb

    see Yaw

  2. Yewnoun

    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. Yewnoun

    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. Yewnoun

    a bow for shooting, made of the yew

  5. Yewadjective

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

  6. Etymology: [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

Examples of yew in a Sentence

  1. Lady Ashcombe:

    Ever since I have lived at Sudeley and watched two generations of family growing up here, all children have loved hiding and playing games in the yew hedges.

  2. The Prime Minister Office:

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the ICU and has deteriorated further.

  3. Amos Yee:

    Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person, because everyone is scared, everyone is afraid if they say something like that, they might get into trouble.

  4. Yeoh Lam Keong:

    Democratization is the trickier part because Lee Kuan Yew's legacy is also benevolent authoritarianism, they are standing against the tide in the long run, 10 to 20 years. They really need to lead that rather than get dragged along by it. I'm not sure if they have the inclination to do that.

  5. Lee Hsien Yang:

    LHL (Lee Hsien Loong) has made convoluted, ultimately false claims about Lee Kuan Yew's wishes. LHL is trying to suggest that because LKY signed some renovation plans in early 2012, he was open to preservation of the house.

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