- a female sheep, especially when fully mature.
Origin of ewe
- a member of a people of Togo and Ghana, in western Africa.
- the Kwa language spoken by the Ewe people.
Examples from the Web for ewes
The delivery of ewes and wethers is timed by individual arrangement.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
They are the most prolific breeders—the proportion of ewes bringing twins being at least fifty per cent.
It is a fair thing to do because the ewes with twins do not need two.
Is it on corn-husks you have been feeding your ewes that they look so sickly?
That's as ill as the ewes in the yaird and nae dogs to hunt them.The Proverbs of Scotland
- 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
- a female sheep
- (as modifier)a ewe lamb
Word Origin and History for ewes
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").