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  Dictionary Definition of yew

yew
noun
1. an evergreen coniferous tree, of the genus Taxus, of moderate height, native to the Old World, western North America, and Japan, having a thick, dark foliage and a fine-grained elastic wood.
2. the wood of such a tree.
3. a bow for shooting, made of this wood.
[ME ew, OE iw, eow, c. G Eibe, Icel. yr ]