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keb (plural kebs)
- a ewe that has cast her lamb or failed to rear it
- a still-born or premature lamb
- a miscarriage in one's affairs, a plan which fails to work
- (transitive, intransitive) Of an ewe: to cast a lamb prematurely, to give birth to a dead lamb.
- 1816, Jedadiah Cleishbotham [pseudonym; Walter Scott], chapter XIX, in Tales of My Landlord, [...] In Four Volumes, volume I (The Black Dwarf), Edinburgh: Printed [by James Ballantyne and Co.] for William Blackwood, […]; London: John Murray, […], OCLC 230697985, page 362:
- [H]e is usually identified with the malignant dæmon called the Man of the Moors, whose feats were quoted by Mrs Elliot to her grandsons; and, accordingly, is generally represented as bewitching the sheep, causing the ewes to keb, that is, to cast their lambs, or seen loosening the impending wreath of snow to precipitate its weight on such as take shelter, during the storm, […]