Origin of yew1
pronoun Eye Dialect.
Examples from the Web for yew
The needles of the yew tree can kill you, but the bark is important for many modern drugs.This Exhibit Could Kill You: The Museum of Natural History Takes on Poison|William O’Connor|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox Jr.American Dreams: ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London|Nathaniel Rich|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At my request, this young lydy will now perceed to assoom the yew and kimplexion of life itself.
He'll come sure 'nuff, and say to yew: 'I wants your soul, Peter.Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
Of the woods for self-bows, yew beyond all question carries off the palm.The Theory and Practice of Archery|Horace Ford
Yew is an evergreen tree with a leaf looking a great deal like that of redwood, hemlock, or fir at a distance.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
I give instance, when we speak of the yew; and even that otherwise incomparably useful shrub, the elder.Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Evelyn
Word Origin for yew
Old English iw, eow "yew," from Proto-Germanic *iwa-/*iwo- (cf. Middle Dutch iwe, Dutch ijf, Old High German iwa, German Eibe, Old Norse yr), from PIE *ei-wo- (cf. Old Irish eo, Welsh ywen "yew"), perhaps a suffixed form of *ei- "reddish, motley, yellow." OED says French if, Spanish iva, Medieval Latin ivus are from Germanic (and says Dutch ijf is from French); others posit a Gaulish ivos as the source of these. Lithuanian jeva likewise is said to be from Germanic. The tree symbolizes both death and immortality, being poisonous as well as long-lived.