from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as yew, 1.


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  • Colum-cille asked, drawing his companion out of the way of a yew-tree that heaved itself at them.

    St Patrick's Day

  • The other mourners followed, but remained grouped together at the door of the vault, watching with anxiety the motions of Colonel Ashton and the stranger, who now appeared to be in close conference beneath the shade of a yew-tree, in the most remote part of the burial-ground.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • But when the voices shaken from the yew-tree drift away

    Ash Wednesday

  • She adapted the action to the phrase; for with one clutch she stripped Jeanie of her straw bonnet and a handful of her hair to boot, and threw it up into an old yew-tree, where it stuck fast.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Therefore I allowed her to coax me, and to kiss me, and to lead me away a little, as far as the old yew-tree; for she would not tell me where she was.

    Lorna Doone

  • He got up, however, into the yew-tree, followed by his companions, one after another.

    Old Mortality

  • Lastly, she smuggled him out of the garrison through the pantry window into the branchy yew-tree which grew close beside it, and had the satisfaction to see him reach the bottom in safety, and take the right turn at the commencement of his journey.

    Old Mortality

  • Charron was waiting by the old yew-tree, and Jerry sat trembling, with his eyes upon the castle, while the black horse, roped to a branch, was mourning the scarcity of oats and the abundance of gnats.


  • But it never was borne into his mind whatever, to keep a lookout upon the offing, nor even to lie snug in the ferns and watch the yew-tree.


  • One Saturday morning in the month of August, an hour and a half before sunrise, Carne walked down to the big yew-tree, which stood far enough from the brink of the cliff to escape the salt, and yet near enough to command an extensive sea-view.



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