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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.

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