yew /ˈju/ 名詞
Yew a. Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock.
Yew v. i. See Yaw.
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.
Note: ☞ 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, also called Pacific yew) is a good-sized tree, and its wood is used for bows, spear handles, paddles, and other similar implements; the anticancer agent taxol is obtained from its bark. Another yew is found in Florida, and there are species in Japan and the Himalayas.
3. A bow for shooting, made of the yew.
n 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