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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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URE, n.1 Also ewer (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); yower. The udder, esp. of a ewe or cow (Dmf., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Dmf. 1973). Also in n.Eng. dial. [ju:r]Dmf. a.1773 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. (1933–5) 81:
She learn'd me or I came hither To ken my ain mare by the yower.

Also in comb. ure-lock, the name given to the locks of wool growing round the udder of a sheep, which are pulled off when it is near lambing-time, to facilitate suckling (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1923 Watson W.-B.). Cf. Udder.

[Mid.Eng. ȝowre, id., O.N. júgr, id.]

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