- a castrated male sheep.
- Also called wether wool. wool from previously shorn sheep.
Origin of wether
Examples from the Web for wether
Historical Examples of wether
Hark, I hear the piping of the shepherd and the tinkling bell of the wether.The Book of Khalid
Choose a fine-grained leg of wether mutton, of twelve or fourteen pounds weight; cut it ham shape, and let it hang two days.
Some of the lands will carry an ox and a wether per acre; rents, 15s.A Tour in Ireland
It is said that a Lincoln wether has attained the weight of 304½ lbs.The Stock-Feeder's Manual
Charles Alexander Cameron
God send us wether to bring her in this dangerous tyme of the yeare.Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I
- a male sheep, esp a castrated one
Word Origin 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.