How Do You Spell EWE?

Pronunciation: [jˈuː] (IPA)

The word "ewe" is spelled with the letters E-W-E. It is a noun that refers to a female sheep. In IPA phonetic transcription, the word is spelled /ju:/, with the symbol /j/ representing the "y" sound at the beginning of the word, and the symbol /u:/ representing the long "oo" sound at the end of the word. This spelling accurately represents the pronunciation of the word, which is important in communication and language learning.

EWE Meaning and Definition

  1. The word "ewe" is a noun that refers to a female sheep, specifically one that is mature and has given birth to lambs. It is most commonly used to describe female sheep of the domesticated species Ovis aries. Ewes are known for their ability to produce offspring and provide milk for their lambs. They are often raised for their wool, which is used in various textile industries.

    Typically, ewes have a shorter stature compared to rams (adult male sheep) and possess a more gentle and docile demeanor. They are considered essential in agriculture and livestock farming for their role in reproduction and the continuation of their species. Ewes usually exhibit a strong maternal instinct, caring for their lambs and ensuring their well-being.

    In terms of physical characteristics, an ewe typically has a thick and usually straight or slightly curved pair of horns, although hornless or polled ewes are also common. Their fleece generally consists of soft, fine wool that makes it highly sought after in the textile industry.

    The word "ewe" can also be used metaphorically to refer to a woman or female figure who is caring, gentle, or nurturing. This figurative usage draws upon the maternal and nurturing qualities associated with female sheep.

  2. A female sheep.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of EWE

The word "ewe" is derived from the Old English word "ēowu", which can be traced back to the Proto-Germanic word "awi", meaning "sheep" or "flock". In various Germanic languages, such as Old Saxon, Old High German, and Old Norse, similar forms of the word existed. Over time, the Old English form evolved into "eow", which ultimately developed into the modern English word "ewe" that refers specifically to a female sheep.

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Plural form of EWE is EWE OR EWES


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