noun (plural withies or withes)
1A tough, flexible branch of an osier or other willow, used for tying, binding, or basketry: it is fixed with withies tied to the common rafters [as modifier]: a withy basket
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- There his mean-spirited Uncle Stan and his kinder but stroke-stricken Aunt Flor live mainly by gathering withies for basket-making, but are now on the edge of destitution.
- This was done with thin strips of wood and bark, fine branches from trees such as hazel or willow withies, and reeds.
- The village of Stoke St Gregory is at the centre of the withy beds.
Old English wīthig, of Germanic origin; related to German Weide.
Words that rhyme with withyprithee, smithy
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