Mew (?), n. [AS. mw, akin to D. meeuw, G. mowe, OHG. mh, Icel. mar.] Zool.

A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.


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Mew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Mewing.] [OE. muen, F. muer, fr. L. mutare to change, fr. movere to move. See Move, and cf. Mew a cage, Molt.]

To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.

Nine times the moon had mewed her horns. Dryden.


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Mew, v. i.

To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.

Now everything doth mew, And shifts his rustic winter robe. Turbervile.


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Mew, n. [OE. mue, F. mue change of feathers, scales, skin, the time or place when the change occurs, fr. muer to molt, mew, L. mutare to change. See 2d Mew.]


A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural.

Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe. Chaucer.

Forthcoming from her darksome mew. Spenser.

Violets in their secret mews. Wordsworth.


A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.


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Mew, v. t. [From Mew a cage.]

To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

More pity that the eagle should be mewed. Shak.

Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air. Dryden.


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Mew, v. i. [Of imitative origin; cf. G. miauen.]

To cry as a cat.

[Written also meaw, meow.]



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Mew, n.

The common cry of a cat.



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