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yeld

[yeld] /yɛld/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
1.
barren; sterile.
2.
(of a cow) not giving milk, from being in calf or from age.
Origin of yeld
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English gelde barren; cognate with German Gelt; akin to geld1
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  • Dr Brandram drove back to yeld in a dazed condition of mind.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • The yeld of our corne-ground is also much after this rate folowing.

  • But Aunt yeld stood always a little in advance, talking to herself.

    The Story of a Red Deer J. W. Fortescue
  • Mr. Booth sayd that he wold yeld that to me that he wold not yeld to the bisshop nor any other.

  • "I don't think it answers," said Mrs. yeld to her husband as they went home.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope
  • Next day the funeral took place in the family vault at the little churchyard of yeld.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • In the library was assembled a small but select audience to do Mr Pottinger, the yeld attorney, honour.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • However, on the whole the result was passable, and that evening Tom slunk down to yeld post office with a bundle under his arm.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Did she yeld to violence, or rendre hir self to the disposition of this mercilesse man?

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • Mrs. yeld, the bishop's wife, was sitting next to the priest, and was in truth somewhat afraid of her neighbour.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for yeld

yeld

/jɛld/
adjective (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
1.
(of an animal) barren or too young to bear young
2.
(of a cow) not yielding milk
Word Origin
Old English gelde barren; related to geld1
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