Origin of yew
- Middle English from Old English īw
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ew, from Old English Ä«w, Ä“ow, from Proto-Germanic *Ä«waz, *Ä«hwaz (compare Icelandic Ã½r), masculine variant of *Ä«wÅ (compare Dutch ijf, German Eibe), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚eiH-uÌ¯ehâ‚‚ (compare Hittite [script?] (eja, “type of evergreen"), Welsh yw (“yews"), Lithuanian ievÃ (“bird cherry"), Russian Ð¸Ð²Ð° (Ãva, “willow")).