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  • n. Plural form of byre.


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  • She had raised seven sons in caravans and benders and byres.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • The muddy fields lay barren of crops; the byres, by their silence, seemed empty of livestock.

    Raven Speak

  • It was a time when the sun charmed the land into bringing forth life: green sprouts that blossomed and grew heavy with fruit; razor-winged birds that painted the cliffs with their nests and worked tirelessly to feed their raucous offspring; long-suffering cows and sheep and pigs that emerged from their dark byres to reproduce themselves in miniature.

    Raven Speak

  • Among Gogo speakers, regular ancestor propitiations involving beer and prayer were held for those buried in the cattle byres kept in homestead courtyards.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • She was laughter, as the little children laugh when the cattle are loosed from the byres at last to feed in the valleys.

    In The Time Of Light

  • As they came closer to the village, he saw other buildings, which Idalia also identified in answer to his incessant questions'sheepfolds and cow-byres, dairies, communal barns for hay and grain, a shearing-barn.

    Tran Siberian

  • Enthusiasm for cow mattresses began in Canada, because cattle in northern latitudes spend so much time in barns and byres, according to Evelyn Wilson, a director of the Coleraine company.

    Cows Get Mattresses To Help Them Sleep | Impact Lab

  • And they came unwearied to the high-roofed byres and the drinking-troughs that were before the noble meadow.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Soon they passed beyond houses and storage sheds built up on logs, past shelters and empty byres, back into the flatlands with rectangular fields scored into a patchwork by irrigation ditches.

    Spirit Gate

  • And so it goes on; and so the sun comes, stronger from his drink of dew; and the cattle in the byres, and the horses from the stable, and the men from cottage-door, each has had his rest and food, all smell alike of hay and straw, and every one must hie to work, be it drag, or draw, or delve.

    Lorna Doone


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