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Derived from Old English "cȳf" meaning a vat. (Macdonald, A. M., ed. (1972) Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary; new ed. Edinburgh: Chambers; p. 719)
keeve (plural keeves)
- (brewing) A vat or tub in which the mash is made; a mash tub.
- (bleaching) A bleaching vat; a kier.
- (mining) A large vat used in dressing ores.