- a cow shed.
"cow-shed," O.E. byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house;" see bower.
"Elsewhere the terrain is so steep that in some parts cattle are kept in small, shed-like byres for their entire lives for fear they will tumble down the slopes. (Tourist guides extol Madeira as 'the island of sad cows.')"
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created