yew

Definitions

  • Crowhurst Church and the old Yew
    Crowhurst Church and the old Yew
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yew any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves
    • n yew wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yew A bow for shooting, made of the yew.
    • Yew (Bot) An evergreen tree (Taxus baccata) of Europe, allied to the pines, but having a peculiar berrylike fruit instead of a cone. It frequently grows in British churchyards.
    • a Yew ū Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock.
    • v. i Yew ū See Yaw.
    • Yew The wood of the yew. It is light red in color, compact, fine-grained, and very elastic. It is preferred to all other kinds of wood for bows and whipstocks, the best for these purposes coming from Spain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yew A tree of the genus Taxus, the common yew being T. baccata of temperate Europe and Asia. This is a slow-growing and long-lived evergreen of moderate height and spreading habit, with a thick irregular trunk and dark thick foliage. In Europe the yew has long been planted in graveyards. There are several dwarf, weeping, and variegated varieties. The golden yew has the edge of the leaves in spring of a bright-golden yellow. The Irish yew (var. fastigiata) has erect branches, and is more hardy than the typical form, which will not endure the winter in the northern United States. The wood of the yew is heavy, fine-grained, and elastic, and was formerly much used for bows, the supply being protected by government. It is considered a very choice cabinet-wood, the heart being of a fine orange-red or deep brown, and the sap-wood white. The leaves of the tree are poisonous.
    • n yew The wood of the yew-tree.
    • n yew A shooting-bow made of the wood of the yew.
    • n yew A jug or jar having a handle extending over the mouth.
    • yew To rise as scum on brine in boiling; yaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yew ū a tree of genus Taxus—natural order Taxaceæ, itself a suborder of Coniferæ—widely diffused over the whole northern parts of the world, with narrow lanceolate or linear leaves (in Europe long planted in graveyards), yielding an elastic wood good for bows: its wood
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ew, AS. eów, īw, eoh,; akin to D. ijf, OHG. īwa, īha, G. eibe, Icel. ȳr,; cf. Ir. iubhar, Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. jëva, the black alder tree
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. íw, éow, éoh; Ger. eibe, Ir. iubhar.

Usage

In literature:

The scent of budding yews met him here, blown softly across from Captain Runacles' garden.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There is a good lawn, and a wonderful clipped yew hedge.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
Under a cloudy sky the little yew-trees, swayed by the wind, threw down their burdens of melted snow.
"Ten Tales" by François Coppée
And hev yew anything left oover?
"Edward FitzGerald and "Posh" "Herring Merchants"" by James Blyth
It is close to the yew-shadowed church, and is gained by a flight of steps.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
I give instance, when we speak of the yew; and even that otherwise incomparably useful shrub, the elder.
"Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Evelyn
Did yew ever heerd tell o' sich, says I; none o' yer frames and frimmirks (airs and graces) wi' they.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
In autumn they feed on haws and yew-berries, and in the spring on ivy-berries.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Besides the beech trees you also find ash, sycamore, maples, and, in the church yards, some venerable yews.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
And yew'll have to find her afore yew can fight for her, won't yew, sonny?
"A Middy of the Slave Squadron" by Harry Collingwood
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In poetry:

He went not with the bold Buccleuch,
His banner broad to rear;
He went not 'gainst the English yew,
To lift the Scottish spear.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
The loss of her whose love looks through
The mist death's hand hath hung between:
Within the shadow of the yew
Her grave is green.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
There is one man who loves her true,
(Red, O red, is the stain of gore!)
He hath duggen a grave by the darksome yew,
(One grave will do for four.)
"The Dole Of The King's Daughter (Breton)" by Oscar Wilde
There, beneath a grove of yew,
Plays a babe. Should I despise
Such a foam of gold, and eyes
Burning beryline, so blue
That the sun seems peeping through?
"The Hawk and the Babe" by Aleister Crowley
And those dark Yews that shade the plains,
Still do they love their boughs to wave,
Where calmly sleep the cold remains,
Of Reginald the Young and Brave.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
My silks and fine array,
My smiles and languish'd air,
By love are driv'n away;
And mournful lean Despair
Brings me yew to deck my grave;
Such end true lovers have.
"Song" by William Blake

In news:

An iPhone speaker amp by Baine Rydin Ma made of wood, the better to hear yew with.
Kentucky Co-operative Distillery will be nestled near Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood.
Directed, written by Yonfan (Yang Man-Shih), after a story by Katy Yew.
Severe Pruning of Holly, Boxwood, Rhododendron, Yew .
Postal Service to celebrate stamp at Yew Dell Gardens.
Yew to lead Victory Gardens.
Playwright and director Chay Yew will be the next artistic director of Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater.
Yew will follow the retiring Dennis Zacek, who has headed the playwright-oriented theater since 1977.
Water Week announced that a record number of nominations were received for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2011.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2011 Receives Record Number of Nominations.
(b 1923) The first officially elected prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew served in office from 1959-1990, during which time he led his country through a period of remarkable economic growth and diversification.
Yew Dell Botanical Garden 's COOKING FROM THE GARDEN SERIES.
And Yew Dell 's new greenhouse has several of these features.
New Yew Dell Greenhouse Incorporates Passive Design.
The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens hosted their annual Hummingbird Festival on Saturday with more than 700 people attending, including vast numbers of enthusiasts, casual bird watchers, photographers, and children.
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