noun (1)
\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) , in rural dials also ˈyō\

Definition of ewe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the female of the sheep especially when mature also : the female of various related animals


noun (2)
\ ˈā-ˌwā How to pronounce Ewe (audio) , ˈā-ˌvā\
plural Ewe also Ewes

Definition of Ewe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a people of Ghana and Togo speaking a Kwa language also : the language itself

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Ravioli is filled with local ewe’s milk ricotta, and tagliolinis are served with catches of the day. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Learning From Sardinia, Where Locals Live La Dolce Vita Longer Than Anyone Else," 16 July 2018 Tip: Go hungry and ask the cheese stewards for samples of esoteric products like the Fleur de Maquis, a Corsican ewe cheese encased in rosemary and juniper berries. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The carcass of the black-faced ewe, one of 20 sheep kept in an enclosure near Spreckels Lake during the Christmas season, was discovered yesterday by a watchman near the Pacific Rod and Gun Club at Lake Merced. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Montana’s bittersweet 49er finale, 1992," 20 Dec. 2017 Myra Ambroglia went into the adult division with a Lincoln ewe. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "A Lead Line Trifecta: Handler, Lamb, Wool," 6 Sep. 2017 The Associated Press reports the jumping sheep was an ewe, or female. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Jumping sheep smashes driver's windshield in Washington," 25 Oct. 2017 Nearby sits the preternaturally vivid head of a ewe in sandstone, almost life-size and perhaps the oldest object at over 5,000 years. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Noah’s Beasts: Sculpted Animals From Ancient Mesopotamia’ Review: Everyday Divine," 18 July 2017 With hands stretched wide, Meng Baoyindaogetao backs the ewe into a corner, seizes it by the horns and swings his leg over its back. Charlie Campbell / Baotou, Time, "China's Greening of the Vast Kubuqi Desert is a Model for Land Restoration Projects Everywhere," 27 July 2017 She was cloned using somatic cell nuclear transfer from a cell taken from a 6-year-old ewe. Tony Long, WIRED, "Feb. 22, 1997: Hello, Dolly," 22 Feb. 2007

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First Known Use of ewe

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ewe

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ēowu; akin to Old High German ouwi ewe, Latin ovis sheep, Greek ois

Noun (2)

Ewe eβe, βe, a self-designation

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English Language Learners Definition of ewe

: a female sheep


\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) \

Kids Definition of ewe

: a female sheep


\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) , ˈyō How to pronounce ewe (audio) \

Medical Definition of ewe

: the female of the sheep especially when mature also : the female of various related animals

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