(Yew), n. [OE. ew, AS. eów, iw, eoh; akin to D. ijf, OHG. iwa, iha, G. eibe, Icel. yr; cf. Ir. iubhar,
Gael. iubhar, iughar, W. yw, ywen, Lith. jëva the black alder tree.]
1. (Bot.) An evergreen tree (Taxus baccata) of Europe, allied to the pines, but having a peculiar berrylike
fruit instead of a cone. It frequently grows in British churchyards.
2. The wood of the yew. It is light red in color, compact, fine-grained, and very elastic. It is preferred to
all other kinds of wood for bows and whipstocks, the best for these purposes coming from Spain.
The American yew (Taxus baccata, var. Canadensis) is a low and straggling or prostrate bush, never
forming an erect trunk. The California yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a good-sized tree, and its wood is used
for bows, spear handles, paddles, and other similar implements. Another yew is found in Florida, and
there are species in Japan and the Himalayas.
3. A bow for shooting, made of the yew.
(Yew) a. Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock.
(Yew"en) a. Made of yew; as, yewen bows.
(Yex) v. i. [OE. &yoghexen, yesken, AS. giscian to sob.] To hiccough. [Written also yox, yux.]
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
He yexeth and he speaketh through the nose.Chaucer.
(Yex), n. [AS. geocsa a sobbing, hiccough. Cf. Yex, v. i.] A hiccough. [Written also yox, and
yux.] [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] "The excessive yex." Holland.
(Yez`de*ger"di*an) a. Of or pertaining to Yezdegerd, the last Sassanian monarch of
Persia, who was overthrown by the Mohammedans; as, the Yezdegerdian era, which began on the 16th
of June, a. d. 632. The era is still used by the Parsees.
(Yez"di) n. Same as Izedi. Tylor.
(Yez"i*dee Yez"i*di) , n. Same as Izedi.
(Y*fere") adv. Together. See Ifere. [Obs.]
As friends do when they be met yfere.Chaucer.
(Yg"dra*syl) n. (Scand. Myth.) See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
(Y"ghe) n. Eye. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Y*go") obs. p. p. of Go. Gone. Chaucer.
(Y*ground") obs. p. p. of Grind. Chaucer.
(Y*hold"e) obs. p. p. of Hold. Chaucer.
(Yield) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yielded; obs. p. p. Yold ; p. pr. & vb. n. Yielding.] [OE. yelden,
&yoghelden, &yoghilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries.
jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost, to be worth, G. gelten, OHG. geltan to pay, restore, make an
offering, be worth, Icel. gjalda to pay, give up, Dan. gielde to be worth, Sw. gälla to be worth, gälda to
pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st Geld, Guild.]