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  1. a castrated male sheep.
  2. Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep.
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Origin of wether

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon withar, Old High German widar, Old Norse vethr, Gothic withrus
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  1. a male sheep, esp a castrated one
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Word Origin

Old English hwæther; related to Old Frisian hweder, Old High German hwedar, Old Norse hvatharr
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Word Origin and History for wether


Old English weðer "ram," from Proto-Germanic *wethruz (cf. Old Saxon wethar, Old Norse veðr, Old High German widar, German Widder, Gothic wiþrus "lamb"), literally "yearling," from PIE root *wet- "year" (cf. Sanskrit vatsah "calf," Greek etalon "yearling," Latin vitulus "calf," literally "yearling"). Male sheep, especially a castrated one.

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