- a cow shed.
Origin of byre
before 800; Middle English, Old English: barn, shed, variant of būr hut. See bower1
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Examples from the Web for byre
When she had done that, she went into the byre, and there sat the goody milking.
He had to clean a byre, or cow-shed, which had not been cleaned for seven years.
He looked at the byre, and then he rubbed his eyes; and then he looked at the byre again, for, lo!
As they ate, the golden pigeon said: “Do you remember how I cleaned the byre?”
Farmhouses would be burned, stack-yard and byre made desolate.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
- British a shelter for cows
Old English bӯre; related to būr hut, cottage; see bower 1
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Word Origin and History for byre
"cow-shed," Old English byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house" (see bower).
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