iw

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *īwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *eiwo-, a suffixed form of the base *ei- ‘reddish, colourful’. Cognate with Old High German īwa (German Eibe), Middle Low German īwe (Dutch ijf), Old Norse ýr (bow, yew). The Indo-European root is perhaps also the source of Old Irish ēo (Irish iúr), Baltic *eiwa- (Lithuanian ievà), Slavic *jiva (Russian ива ‘willow’), Latin ūva ‘bunch of grapes’.

The West Germanic languages have a variant *īhwaz with a guttural consonant, represented by Old English ēoh.

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Noun[edit]

īw m

  1. yew (tree)

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