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byway

[bahy-wey] /ˈbaɪˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a secluded, private, or obscure road.
2.
a subsidiary or obscure field of research, endeavor, etc.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bywey. See by1 (adj.), way
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British Dictionary definitions for byways

byway

/ˈbaɪˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a secondary or side road, esp in the country
2.
an area, field of study, etc, that is very obscure or of secondary importance
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Word Origin and History for byways

byway

n.

mid-14c., from by + way (n.).

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