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withe

[with, with, wahyth] /wɪθ, wɪð, waɪð/
noun
1.
a willow twig or osier.
2.
any tough, flexible twig or stem suitable for binding things together.
3.
an elastic handle for a tool, to lessen shock occurring in use.
4.
a partition dividing flues of a chimney.
verb (used with object), withed, withing.
5.
to bind with withes.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English withthe; akin to Old Norse vīthir withy, Gothic kunawida chain, Latin viēre to weave together
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withe

/wɪθ; wɪð; waɪð/
noun
1.
a strong flexible twig, esp of willow, suitable for binding things together; withy
2.
a band or rope of twisted twigs or stems
3.
a handle made of elastic material, fitted on some tools to reduce the shock during use
4.
a wall with a thickness of half a brick, such as a leaf of a cavity wall, or a division between two chimney flues
verb
5.
(transitive) to bind with withes
Word Origin
Old English withthe; related to Old Norse vithja, Old High German witta, widi, Gothic wida
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Word Origin and History for withe
n.

Old English wiððe "twisted cord, willow twig" (see withy).

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