Thursday, November 12, 2015

Word of the day: byre

The word of the day is byre:
  1. 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

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