from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several poisonous evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Taxus, having scarlet cup-shaped arils and flat needles that are dark green above and yellowish below.
  • n. The wood of any of these trees, especially the durable, fine-grained wood of the Old World species Taxus baccata, used in cabinetmaking and for archery bows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of coniferous tree, Taxus baccata, with dark-green flat needle-like leaves and seeds bearing red arils, native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia.
  • n. Any tree or shrub of the genus Taxus.
  • n. The wood of the yew.
  • adj. Made from the wood of the yew tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A bow for shooting, made of the yew.
  • intransitive v. See yaw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rise as scum on brine in boiling; yaw.
  • n. A tree of the genus Taxus, the common yew being T. baccata of temperate Europe and Asia.
  • n. The wood of the yew-tree.
  • n. A shooting-bow made of the wood of the yew.
  • n. A jug or jar having a handle extending over the mouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows
  • n. any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves


Middle English, from Old English īw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ew, from Old English īw, ēow, from Proto-Germanic *īwaz (compare Icelandic ýr), masculine variant of *īwō (compare Dutch ijf, German Eibe), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eiH-u̯eh₂ (compare Hittite  (eja, "type of evergreen"), Welsh yw ("yews"), Lithuanian ievà ("bird cherry"), Russian ива (íva, "willow")). (Wiktionary)


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