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yew

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Pronunciation: /juː
 
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Definition of yew in English:

noun

(also yew tree) A coniferous tree which has red berry-like fruits, and most parts of which are highly poisonous. Yews are linked with folklore and superstition and can live to a great age; the timber is used in cabinetmaking and (formerly) to make longbows.
  • Genus Taxus, family Taxaceae: several species, in particular T. baccata of Europe
Example sentences
  • Species with random branching, such as arborvitae, juniper, yew, and false cypress, have limbs that occur all along the trunk.
  • Many of the needle evergreens including yew, arborvitae, hemlock, and incense cedar make fine hedges.
  • Junipers and yews are the most commonly planted of the narrow-leaved evergreens.

Origin

Old English īw, ēow, of Germanic origin.

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