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osier

[oh-zher] /ˈoʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
any of various willows, as the red osier, having tough, flexible twigs or branches that are used for wickerwork.
2.
a twig from such a willow.
3.
any of various North American dogwoods.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French; akin to Medieval Latin ausāria willow bed
Related forms
osiered, adjective
osierlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for osiers

osier

/ˈəʊzɪə/
noun
1.
any of various willow trees, esp Salix viminalis, whose flexible branches or twigs are used for making baskets, etc
2.
a twig or branch from such a tree
3.
any of several North American dogwoods, esp the red osier
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, probably from Medieval Latin ausēria, perhaps of Gaulish origin; compare Breton aoz
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Word Origin and History for osiers

osier

n.

species of willow used in basket-work, c.1300, from Old French osier "willow twig" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin osera "willow," ausaria "willow bed," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish. Old English had the word as oser, from Medieval Latin.

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