[ yoo; Dialect yoh ]
/ yu; Dialect yoʊ /
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a female sheep, especially when fully mature.
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Origin of ewe
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēowu, ēwe; cognate with Old High German ou, ouwi, Dutch ooi, Latin ovis, Greek óïs, oîs, Sanskrit ávi
Other definitions for ewe (2 of 2)
[ ey-vey, ey-wey ]
/ ˈeɪ veɪ, ˈeɪ weɪ /
a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.
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How to use ewe in a sentence
He used only the choicest rams, a little under size, while the ewes were of full medium weight.
In hot countries the rams have only two very short horns, and often are deficient of them as well as the ewes.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
If full-grown rams are turned into a lean pasture to remain with the ewes, not less than four should be put in for every hundred.
The ewes are more likely to come quickly into heat, and prove prolific, if lightly fed with stimulating food at the time.
But a larger number of lambs will be reared by a careful oversight of the ewes, and the use of proper precautions.
British Dictionary definitions for ewe (1 of 2)
/ (juː) /
- a female sheep
- (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)
/ (ˈɛwɛ) /
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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