byre "cow-shed," O.E. byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house;" see BOWER (Cf. bower).

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  • byre — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a cowshed. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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  • byre — noun Byre is used after these nouns: ↑cow …   Collocations dictionary

  • byre — [[t]ba͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] byres N COUNT A byre is a cowshed. [BRIT, LITERARY or OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

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