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[wik-er-wurk] /ˈwɪk ərˌwɜrk/
material or products consisting of plaited or woven twigs or osiers; articles made of wicker.
1705-15; wicker + work Unabridged
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  • Each carried on her back a wickerwork basket supported by a head-strap which went around her forehead.
  • It is designed to hold two wickerwork willow baskets.
British Dictionary definitions for wickerwork


  1. a material consisting of wicker
  2. (as modifier): a wickerwork chair
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Encyclopedia Article for wickerwork

furniture made of real or simulated osier (rods or twigs). The Egyptians made furniture of this kind in the 3rd millennium BC, and it has always flourished in those regions in which there is a plentiful supply of riverside vegetation. A well-known example of Roman wickerwork is the chair on a 3rd-century-AD relief in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum at Trier, Ger., showing a woman at her toilet. Furniture of this kind provided the cheapest and most comfortable form of seating, though the material of which it was made has rendered it ephemeral, and knowledge of its early history can only be deduced from illustrations and literary references. There are many of these dating from Elizabethan and Jacobean times, when wickerwork was sometimes referred to as "Twiggie work."

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