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Bower

Bower
1. Anciently, a chamber; a lodging room; especially, a lady’s private apartment. Give me my lute in bed now as i lie, And lock the doors of mine unlucky bower. (Gascoigne)
2. A rustic cottage or abode; poetically, an attractive abode or retreat.
3. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs of trees or vines, etc, twined together; an arbor; a shady recess.
Origin: oe. Bour, bur, room, dwelling, as. Bur, fr. The root of as. Buan to dwell; akin to Icel. Bur chamber, storehouse, Sw. Bur cage, dan. Buur, OHG. Pur room, g. Bauer cage, bauer a peasant. 97 cf.Boor, Byre.
1. One who bows or bends.
2. An anchor carried at the bow of a ship.
3. A muscle that bends a limb, especially. The arm. His rawbone arms, whose mighty brawned bowers Were wont to rive steel plates and helmets hew.” (Spenser) best bower, small bower. See the note under anchor.
Origin: From bow.
(Science: veterinary) a young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
Origin: From bough, cf. Brancher.