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twig

1 [twig]
noun
1.
a slender shoot of a tree or other plant.
2.
a small offshoot from a branch or stem.
3.
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch: a fire of twigs.
4.
Anatomy. one of the minute branches of a blood vessel or nerve.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English twig, twigge, orig. (something) divided in two; akin to Old High German zwīg (German Zweig), Dutch twijg; compare Sanskrit dvikás double

twigless, adjective
twiglike, adjective
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twig1 (twɪɡ)
 
n
1.  any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
2.  something resembling this, esp a minute branch of a blood vessel
 
[Old English twigge; related to Old Norse dvika consisting of two, Old High German zwīg twig, Old Danish tvige fork]
 
'twiglike1
 
adj

twig2 (twɪɡ)
 
vb , twigs, twigging, twigged
1.  to understand (something)
2.  to find out or suddenly comprehend (something): he hasn't twigged yet
3.  rare (tr) to perceive (something)
 
[C18: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic tuig I understand]

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twig
O.E. twigge, from P.Gmc. *twigan (cf. M.Du. twijch, Du. twijg, O.H.G. zwig, Ger. Zweig "branch, twig"), from the root of twi- (see twin), here meaning "forked" (as in O.E. twisel "fork, point of division"). Twiggy "slender" is recorded from 1562.
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