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plow (n.)

late Old English plog, ploh "plow; plowland" (a measure of land equal to what a yoke of oxen could plow in a day); in reference to the implement perhaps from a Scandinavian cognate (such as Old Norse plogr "plow," Swedish and Danish plog), from Proto-Germanic *plogo- (source also of Old Saxon plog, Old Frisian ploch "plow," Middle Low German ploch, Middle Dutch ploech, Dutch ploeg, Old High German pfluog, German Pflug), a late word in Germanic, of uncertain origin. Old Church Slavonic plugu, Lithuanian plūgas "plow" are Germanic loan-words, as probably is Latin plovus, plovum "plow," a word said by Pliny to be of Rhaetian origin.

Replaced Old English sulh, cognate with Latin sulcus "furrow" (see sulcus). As a name for the star pattern also known as the Big Dipper or Charles's Wain, it is attested by early 15c., perhaps early 14c. The three "handle" stars (in the Dipper configuration) generally are seen as the team of oxen pulling the plow, though sometimes they are the handle.

plow (v.)

late 14c., from plow (n.). Transferred sense from 1580s. Related: Plowed; plowing.

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Definitions of plow from WordNet
1
plow (v.)
to break and turn over earth especially with a plow;
Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week
Synonyms: plough / turn
plow (v.)
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression;
Synonyms: cover / treat / handle / deal / address
plow (v.)
move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil;
The ship plowed through the water
Synonyms: plough
2
plow (n.)
a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing;
Synonyms: plough
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