ewe

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English ēowu, from Proto-Germanic *awjōs, oblique form of *awiz (compare Old English eow ‘sheep’, West Frisian ei, Dutch ooi, German Aue), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ówis ‘sheep’ (compare Old Irish , Latin ovis, Tocharian B ā(u)w, Lithuanian avìs ‘ewe’).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /juː/
  • Rhymes: -uː
  • Homophones: u, yew, you (in all dialects)
  • Homophones: hew, hue (in h-dropping dialects)

Noun[edit]

ewe (plural ewes or ewe)

  1. A female sheep, as opposed to a ram.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Because of its pronunciation and despite its spelling, this word most commonly takes the indefinite article a rather than an.

Translations[edit]

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Anagrams[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Because of its pronunciation, ewe and its homophone you form one of only two homophone pairs in modern English that share no letters. The other pair is 'I' and "eye", with "aye" also for some dialects.


Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ewe

  1. Ewe (member of a West African ethnic group)
  2. Ewe (language)
  3. Used also adjectivally with a hyphen or in genitive plural
    ewe-kulttuuri; ewejen kulttuuri
    Ewe culture
    ewe-kansa
    Ewe people
    ewejen kieli
    Ewe language
  4. In plural (ewet), the Ewe (ethnic group)

Declension[edit]


Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin aqua.

Noun[edit]

ewe f (oblique plural ewes, nominative singular ewe, nominative plural ewes)

  1. water
    • (Can we date this quote?) Holkham Bible:
      E caunt ele estoyt de tut chargé
      La ewe vint curant a grant plenté.
      And when it [the Ark] was fully loaded
      the waters ran high and fast.
    • circa 1170, Wace, Le Roman de Rou:
      L'ewe est bele e parfond qui en la cité cort
      The water which runs through the city is beautiful and deep
    • circa 1200, Marie de France, Guigemar:
      En bacins d'or ewe aporterent
      They brought water in basins made of gold

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ewe c

  1. Ewe (language)


This Swedish entry was created from the translations listed at Ewe. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see ewe in the Swedish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008