Definition of withy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪði
(also withe)

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.
  • 1.1 another term for osier.
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    • The bat was a ‘staff’ made of withy about 3 1/2 feet long.
    • HUIA 2002 Marlborough Medium bodied withy earthy smoky flavours which remind me of Lapsang Souchong tea.


Old English wīthig, of Germanic origin; related to German Weide.

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