byre

[bahyuh r]

Origin of byre

before 800; Middle English, Old English: barn, shed, variant of būr hut. See bower1
Can be confusedbuyer byre pyre
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byre

noun
  1. British a shelter for cows

Word Origin for byre

Old English bӯre; related to būr hut, cottage; see bower 1
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Word Origin and History for byre
n.

"cow-shed," Old English byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house" (see bower).

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