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withers

Syllabification: with·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈwiT͟Hərz
 
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Definition of withers in English:

plural noun

The highest part of a horse’s back, lying at the base of the neck above the shoulders. The height of a horse is measured to the withers.
Example sentences
  • The hands of an intermediate rider move only about six to eight inches in front of the horse's withers in a short crest release.
  • Horses differ greatly in their oral cavity, and that difference is not proportional to height at the withers.
  • As you approach the center of the circle, swing your primary line so that it is behind the horse's withers.

Origin

early 16th century: apparently a reduced form of widersome, from obsolete wither- 'against, contrary' (as the part that resists the strain of the collar) + a second element of obscure origin.

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