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A.Word.A.Day--bowyer

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This week's theme: professions of the past.

bowyer (BO-yuhr) noun

One who makes, sells, or uses bows.

[From Old English boga, ultimately from the Indo-European root bheug- (to bend) that is also the source of bagel, buxom, and bog.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"In the future I plan on taking my fondness of traditional archery to another level by having a professional bowyer fashion a hand-made bow especially for my specific wants and build." Geordon T. Howell; The Art of the Archer; Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky); Feb 24, 2007.

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