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1mew

noun \ˈmyü\

Definition of MEW

:  gull; especially :  a small gull (Larus canus) of Eurasia and western North America

Origin of MEW

Middle English, from Old English ̄w; akin to Old Norse mār gull
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

2mew

verb

Definition of MEW

intransitive verb
:  to utter a mew or similar sound <gulls mewed over the bay>
transitive verb
:  to utter by mewing :  meow

Origin of MEW

Middle English mewen, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century

3mew

noun

Definition of MEW

:  meow

First Known Use of MEW

1596

4mew

noun

Definition of MEW

1
:  an enclosure for trained hawks —usually used in plural
2
:  a place for hiding or retirement
3
plural but sing or plural in constr chiefly British
a (1) :  stables usually with living quarters built around a court
(2) :  living quarters adapted from such stables
b :  back street :  alley

Origin of MEW

Middle English mewe, from Anglo-French mue, muwe, from muer to change, molt, from Latin mutare to change — more at mutable
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

5mew

verb

Definition of MEW

transitive verb
:  to shut up :  confine —often used with up

First Known Use of MEW

15th century

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