from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A barn for cows.
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- n. a barn, especially one used for keeping cattle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cow house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cow-house.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a barn for cows
His farm, little more than a few fields with a house and a byre, is down a track that no-one walks but Jack.
In the byre we sat, the heathen and me -- for we were but simple men in this affair -- and the byre was a dark place to be sitting, and in a while old Betty came, havering at hens and talking to herself.
a cow's head looking over its biss, and it struck me that the byre was the handy place to get at in Loch Ranza.
There were bone tools and spindle whorls carved by hand, occasionally bits of cloth, the single partition in Eirik the Reds byre that was actually made of a whales shoulder blade, all illustrating the settlers daily experience and industry as no broad survey could.
He loves the warmth and passes the afternoons in a suntrap in the lee of the byre.
I took the plastic tablecloth off my “raised bed” – under which it had spent the winter – and was so struck by the lovely softness of the soil that I confected a second bed with odds and ends of wood from the byre.
Then we formed a chain gang to stack it all up in the byre.
There is no byre attached so perhaps the weaver sold cloth in return for food rather than raise cropsand cattle for a living.
The byre door was open, and a somewhat misshapen person was wedged into its gap: Jorgen the skald.
And she plunged back inside the byre to gather up the dead calf.
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