- A kind of ochre used for marking sheep in some parts of England.
From Middle English *tever, teapor, from Old English tēafor (“red, red lead, vermilion, purple; a material used in making salve; pigment, salve”), from Proto-Germanic *taubrą (“magic, sorcery”). Cognate with Dutch toverij (“sorcery, witchcraft”), German Zauber (“magic”), Icelandic töfrar (“magic, spells”).
(third-person singular simple present tivers, present participle tivering, simple past and past participle tivered)
- To mark with tiver, as sheep.
From Middle English *teveren, from Old English tēofrian, tȳfrian (“to mark in red or purple, colour; depict, portray”), from tēafor.