One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tumulus or barrow.
- ‘By far the commonest type of monument is the round barrow, known locally as a howe.’
- 1.1in place names A hill.
- ‘The authors believe the church is a part of a twelve and a half mile ley that joins Lastingham Church, the Black Howe Barrow and Dargate Dikes.’
- ‘A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle is cut in two by the West Coast Main Line Railway.’
Middle English: from Old Norse haugr ‘mound’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘high’.
nounScottish, Northern English
A hollow place; a depression.
- ‘As usual this year, images from the 5,000-year-old howe are being broadcast on the Internet.’
Late Middle English: variant of Old English hol (see hole).
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