4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yew \Yew\ ([=u]), adjective Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yew \Yew\ ([=u]), verb (used without an object) See {Yaw}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Yew \Yew\, noun [OE. ew, AS. e['o]w, [imac]w, eoh; akin to D. ijf, OHG. [imac]wa, [imac]ha, G. eibe, Icel. [=y]r; cf. Ir. iubhar, Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. j["e]va the black alder tree.]

1. (Bot.) 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.

2. 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.

Note: The {American yew} ({Taxus baccata}, var. Canadensis) is a low and straggling or prostrate bush, never forming an erect trunk. The {California yew} ({Taxus brevifolia}, also called {Pacific yew}) is a good-sized tree, and its wood is used for bows, spear handles, paddles, and other similar implements; the anticancer agent {taxol} is obtained from its bark. Another yew is found in Florida, and there are species in Japan and the Himalayas. [1913 Webster + PJC]

3. A bow for shooting, made of the yew.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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

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