What does the word wether mean?

Usage examples for wether

  1. Behind a low broad pine, hung with frosty mist, he heard a bell- wether of the flock in the silent fold. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. And there sat the King on a high settle, with his pink face and white hair, looking as royal as a bell- wether new washed; and on either side of him, on the same settle, sat the old fox and the young wolf. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  3. They say that from the isle of copper, which is a league in the lake when they are minded to thwart it in a faire and calme wether, beginning from sun rising to sun sett, they come to a great island, from whence they come the next morning to firme lande att the other side; so by reason of 20 leagues a day that lake should be broad of 6 score and 10 leagues. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson