a male given name, form of Abraham.


or a·bye


verb (used with object), past and past participle a·bought.

Archaic. to pay the penalty of.

verb (used without object), past and past participle a·bought. Obsolete.

to endure; continue.
to undergo suffering as a penalty.

Origin of aby

before 1100; Middle English abyen, Old English ābycgan. See a-3, buy
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Examples from the Web for abies

Historical Examples of abies

  • It is not distinguished by all botanists from the similar species, Abies grandis.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Perhaps something Tim had written for the paper had aroused Abies ire.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds

  • We cannot be sure what species of evergreen Cæsar intended by abies.

    Man and Nature

    George P. Marsh

  • This consists chiefly of the leaves of some coniferous tree, either an Abies or a Pseudotsuga.

  • In the Kew Museum is preserved a cone of Abies excelsa, dividing into two divisions, each bearing bracts and scales.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for abies



verb abys, abyes, abying or abought

(tr) archaic to pay the penalty for; redeem

Word Origin for aby

Old English ābycgan to pay for, atone for, from bycgan to buy
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