variants or kieve
plural -s
: a tub or vat especially for liquids (as a bleaching kier or dolly tub)
British : a rock basin hollowed out by water

Word History


Middle English kive, keve, from Old English cȳf, probably borrowed in prehistoric times from (assumed) Vulgar Latin cupia, from Latin cupa tub, vat

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“Keeve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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