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YEW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does yew mean? 

YEW (noun)
  The noun YEW has 2 senses:

1. wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows
2. any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves

  Familiarity information: YEW used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


YEW (noun)


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Meaning:

Wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("yew" is a kind of...):

wood (the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees)

Holonyms ("yew" is a substance of...):

yew (any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves)


Sense 2yew [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous evergreen trees or shrubs having red cup-shaped berries and flattened needlelike leaves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("yew" is a kind of...):

conifer; coniferous tree (any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones)

Meronyms (substance of "yew"):

yew (wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "yew"):

California nutmeg; nutmeg-yew; Torreya californica (California evergreen having a fruit resembling a nutmeg but with a strong turpentine flavor)

Pseudotaxus chienii; white-berry yew (yew of southeastern China, differing from the Old World yew in having white berries)

Austrotaxus spicata; New Caledonian yew (large yew native to New Caledonia; cultivated in eastern Australia and New Zealand and Hawaii)

Florida yew; Taxus floridana (small bushy yew of northern Florida having spreading branches and very narrow leaves)

Japanese yew; Taxus cuspidata (shrubby hardy evergreen of China and Japan having lustrous dark green foliage; cultivated in the eastern United States)

California yew; Pacific yew; Taxus brevifolia; western yew (small or medium irregularly branched tree of the Pacific coast of North America; yields fine hard close-grained wood)

English yew; Old World yew; Taxus baccata (predominant yew in Europe; extraordinarily long-lived and slow growing; one of the oldest species in the world)

stinking cedar; stinking yew; Torrey tree; Torreya taxifolia (rare small evergreen of northern Florida; its glossy green leaves have an unpleasant fetid smell when crushed)

Holonyms ("yew" is a member of...):

family Taxaceae; Taxaceae; yew family (sometimes classified as member of order Taxales)


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