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yew

noun \ˈyü\

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

: the wood of a yew

Full Definition of YEW

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
archaic :  an archery bow made of yew

Examples of YEW

  1. a bow made of yew

Illustration of YEW

Origin of YEW

Middle English ew, from Old English īw; akin to Old High German īwa yew, Middle Irish
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

yew

noun \ˈyü\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of YEW

:  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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