AskDefine | Define withy

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Withy \With"y\, n.; pl. Withies. [OE. withe, wipi, AS. w[imac]?ig a willow, willow twig; akin to G. weide willow, OHG. w[imac]da, Icel. v[imac]?ja, a withy, Sw. vide a willow twig, Dan. vidie a willow, osier, Gr. ?, and probably to L. vitis a vine, viere to plait, Russ. vite. [root]141. Cf. Wine, Withe.] [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) The osier willow (Salix viminalis). See Osier, n. (a) . [1913 Webster]
A withe. See Withe,
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Withy \With"y\, a. Made of withes; like a withe; flexible and tough; also, abounding in withes. [1913 Webster] The stream is brimful now, and lies high in this little withy plantation. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

withy n : strong flexible twig [syn: withe]



  • /ˈwɪði/, /ˈwɪθi/


  1. The osier willow (Salix viminalis).
  2. A long flexible twig of the osier; a withe.



The osier willow
a long, flexible twig of the osier willow

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Withy is the name given to strong flexible willow stems that are typically used in thatching and for gardening. An advantage of using this type of material is said to be a greater resistance to woodworm.
Several species and hybrid cultivars of willows are grown for withy production; typical species include Salix acutifolia, Salix daphnoides, Salix × mollissima, Salix purpurea, Salix triandra, and Salix viminalis.
The term is also sometimes used to describe any type of flexible rod used in rural crafts such as hazel or ash.
Places such as Wythenshawe and Withy Grove in Manchester take their names from the willow woods and groves that grew there in earlier times. The Somerset Levels is now the only area in the UK where basket willow is grown commercially.

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