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[with -ee, with-ee] /ˈwɪð i, ˈwɪθ i/
noun, plural withies.
1.
a willow.
2.
a pliable branch or twig, especially a withe.
3.
a band, loop, halter, or rope of slender twigs; widdy.
adjective, withier, withiest.
4.
made of pliable branches or twigs, especially of withes.
5.
flexible; pliable.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English wīthig; akin to withe, Old Norse vīthir, Old High German wīda, Greek ītéa willow, Latin vītis vine
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withy

/ˈwɪðɪ/
noun (pl) withies
1.
a variant spelling of withe (sense 1), withe (sense 2)
2.
a willow tree, esp an osier
adjective
3.
(of people) tough and agile
4.
(rare) resembling a withe in strength or flexibility
Word Origin
Old English wīdig(e); related to Old Norse vīthir, Old High German wīda, Latin vītis vine, Sanskrit vītika fetter. See withe, wire
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Word Origin and History for wit hier

withy

n.

Old English wiðig "willow, willow twig," from Proto-Germanic *withjon- "willow" (cf. Old Norse viðir, Danish vidje, Old High German wida, German Weide "willow"), from PIE *wei-ti-, suffixed form of root *wei- "to bend, twist" (cf. Avestan vaeiti- "osier," Greek itea "willow," Latin vitis "vine," Lithuanian vytis "willow twig," Polish witwa, Welsh gwden "willow," Russian vitvina "branch, bough").

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