One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tub or vat for holding liquid, especially in brewing or bleaching.
- ‘Traditionally, a keeve might be set up in November and the bottling carried out in April.’
- ‘The cider as it flows away is received in "kieves."’
- ‘Possible brewers were identified by the possession of various pieces of basic equipment which might potentially have been used for brewing, including keeves and tubs.’
- ‘The ground meal or grist is next thoroughly mixed with very warm water in large tuns or keeves for a period of about two hours.’
- ‘All the salted meats in the keeves had disappeared.’
- ‘She lit a fire, put a kettle of water on to boil and got out a keeve, or basin, for washing.’
- ‘The kieves that held the fermented barley were placed underground and carefully covered with turf, for fear of detection.’
- ‘The capacity of the kieves fixes the basic capacity of the brewery.’
- ‘The function of the kieves is to strain the spent grains from the mash.’
- ‘In 1885-6 it was doubled in size, with the addition of four more kieves and associated plant.’
Old English cȳf, perhaps of Germanic origin.
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