from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cast a lamb immaturely; lose a lamb in any way: said of a ewe.
  • noun An abbreviation of Keble College, Oxford.
  • noun A ewe that has brought forth immaturely, or has lost her lamb.
  • noun A tick or sheep-louse.

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  • noun Egyptian god of the earth; father of Osiris and Isis


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  • Moors, whose feats were quoted by Mrs. Elliot to her grandsons; and, accordingly, is generally represented as bewitching the sheep, causing the ewes to keb, that is to cast their lambs, or seen loosening the impending wreath of snow to precipitate its weight on such as take shelter, during the storm, beneath the bank of a torrent, or under the shelter of a deep glen.

    The Black Dwarf 1898

  • 'Not a bloody word!' replied the little man, '' E picked 'isself up, and called a keb wot was passin' an 'got inter it an' went 'ome; an' I never seen no more of 'im until about' arf-past eleven the next day, w'en I was second-coatin 'the room, an' 'e comes up with a noo suit o' clothes on, an 'arsts me if I'd like to come hover to the pub an' 'ave

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell 1890

  • In other words, the only way that the Republicans can filibuster anything is if they have Democrat Senator support. keb

    Senate Democrats break GOP judicial filibuster 2009

  • "I'll take the keb round to the stable-yard, miss; it'll be more convenient-like for the luggage," added the man, with a mildly disapproving glance towards the narrow tiled path leading from the gate to the house-door.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler

  • That there machine can lose me quicker'n a Derby winner could pass a keb horse.

    Number Seventeen 1915

  • At last the clop-clop-clop of a horse's hoofs sounded close by, and an unshaven man in an ancient high hat steered a four-wheeler to the curb, barking: "Keb, keb!"

    The Auction Block Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • The legend accounted for this name and appearance by the catastrophe of a noted and most formidable witch who frequented these hills in former days, causing the ewes to keb, and the kine to cast their

    The Black Dwarf 1898

  • (His flat was on the second floor.) "In a keb, sir."

    The Albert Gate Mystery Being Further Adventures of Reginald Brett, Barrister Detective Louis Tracy 1895

  • "Had a deal of trouble to find a keb, sir, on a night like this," he said to the false Dick, "but the luggage is all on top, and the man says there's plenty of time still."

    Vice Versa or A Lesson to Fathers F. Anstey 1895

  • What with these devil-ships a-flyin 'about the skies, and dropping thunderbolts on us from the clouds, and furreners a-comin' up the Thames as I've heard, London ain't 'ealthy enough for me, nor the missus and the kids, and thanks for your kindness, sir, we're movin' to-night, keb an 'all.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Chetwynd Griffith 1881


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  • ewe that gives birth to stillborn lamb

    October 16, 2007

  • Border Scots term. See ked.

    May 24, 2011