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noun \ˈyü\

Simple Definition of yew

  • : an evergreen tree or bush with stiff needles and small red berries

  • : the wood of a yew

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yew

  1. 1 a :  any of a genus (Taxus of the family Taxaceae, the yew family) of evergreen gymnospermous trees and shrubs with stiff linear leaves and seeds surrounded by a fleshy red aril: as (1) :  a long-lived Eurasian tree or shrub (T. baccata) —called also English yew (2) :  a low straggling bush (T. canadensis) of the eastern United States and Canada (3) :  pacific yew b :  the wood of a yew; especially :  the heavy fine-grained wood of the English yew

  2. 2 archaic :  an archery bow made of yew

Examples of yew in a sentence

  1. a bow made of yew



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Origin and Etymology of yew

Middle English ew, from Old English īw; akin to Old High German īwa yew, Middle Irish


First Known Use: before 12th century

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YEW Defined for Kids

yew

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noun \ˈyü\

Definition of yew for Students

  1. :  a tree or shrub with stiff needlelike evergreen leaves and seeds having a red juicy covering




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yew

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noun \ˈyü\

Medical Definition of yew

  1. :  any of a genus (Taxus of the family Taxaceae, the yew family) of evergreen trees and shrubs with stiff linear leaves and seeds surrounded by a fleshy red aril; especially :  one (T. brevifolia) of the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada whose bark yields the antineoplastic drug paclitaxel




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