wit hier


[with-ee, with-ee] Chiefly British.
noun, plural withies.
a willow.
a pliable branch or twig, especially a withe.
a band, loop, halter, or rope of slender twigs; widdy.
adjective, withier, withiest.
made of pliable branches or twigs, especially of withes.
flexible; pliable.

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)
n , pl withies
1.  withe a variant spelling of withe
2.  a willow tree, esp an osier
3.  (of people) tough and agile
4.  rare resembling a withe in strength or flexibility
[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 & History

O.E. wiðig "willow, willow twig," from P.Gmc. *withjon- "willow" (cf. O.N. viðir, Dan. vidje, O.H.G. wida, Ger. Weide "willow"), from PIE *wei-ti-, suffixed form of base *wei- "to bend, twist" (cf. Avestan vaeiti- "osier," Gk. itea "willow," L. vitis "vine," Lith. vytis "willow twig," Pol. witwa,
Welsh gwden "willow," Rus. vitvina "branch, bough").
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