ewe

[ yoo; Dialect yoh ]
/ yu; Dialect yoʊ /
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noun

a female sheep, especially when fully mature.

Origin of ewe

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēowu, ēwe; cognate with Old High German ou, ouwi, Dutch ooi, Latin ovis, Greek óïs, oîs, Sanskrit ávi
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Definition for ewe (2 of 2)

Ewe

[ ey-vey, ey-wey ]
/ ˈeɪ veɪ, ˈeɪ weɪ /

noun

a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.
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British Dictionary definitions for ewe (1 of 2)

ewe

/ (juː) /

noun

  1. a female sheep
  2. (as modifier)a ewe lamb

Word Origin for ewe

Old English ēowu; related to Old Norse ǣr ewe, Old High German ou, Latin ovis sheep, Sanskrit avi

British Dictionary definitions for ewe (2 of 2)

Ewe

/ (ˈɛwɛ) /

noun

plural Ewe or Ewes a member of a Negroid people of W Africa living chiefly in the forests of E Ghana, Togo, and Benin
the language of this people, belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family
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Word Origin and History for ewe

ewe


n.

Old English eowu, fem. of eow "sheep," from Proto-Germanic *awi, genitive *awjoz (cf. Old Saxon ewi, Old Frisian ei, Middle Dutch ooge, Dutch ooi, Old High German ouwi "sheep," Gothic aweþi "flock of sheep"), from PIE *owi- (cf. Sanskrit avih, Greek ois, Latin ovis, Lithuanian avis "sheep," Old Church Slavonic ovica "ewe," Old Irish oi "sheep," Welsh ewig "hind").

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