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Meaning of osier by Wiktionary Dictionary

osier


    Etymology

    From French osier ( “basket willow, withy” ), from Old French osiere ( compare Medieval Latin auseria ( “willow-bed” ) ), from Frankish *halster ( compare Low German Halster, Hilster ( “bay willow” ) ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈəʊzɪə/, /ˈəʊʒə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈoʊʒəɻ/

    Noun

    osier ( plural: osiers )

    1. A kind of willow ( Salix viminalis ) growing in wet places in Europe and Asia, and introduced into North America. It is considered the best of the willows for basket work. The name is sometimes given to any kind of willow .
    2. One of the long, pliable twigs of this plant, or of other similar plants.

    Scientific names

    • Salix viminalis

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Explanation of osier by Wordnet Dictionary

osier


    Noun
    1. any of various willows having pliable twigs used in basketry and furniture

    2. flexible twig of a willow tree



    Definition of osier by GCIDE Dictionary

    osier


    1. Osier n. [F. osier: cf. Prov. F. oisis, Armor. ozil, aozil, Gr. , , , L. vitex, and E. withy.] ( Bot. ) A kind of willow ( Salix viminalis ) growing in wet places in Europe and Asia, and introduced into North America. It is considered the best of the willows for basket work. The name is sometimes given to any kind of willow. One of the long, pliable twigs of this plant, or of other similar plants.

      The rank of osiers by the murmuring stream. Shak.

      Osier bed, or Osier holt, a place where willows are grown for basket making. [Eng.] -- Red osier. A kind of willow with reddish twigs ( Salix rubra ). An American shrub ( Cornus stolonifera ) which has slender red branches; -- also called osier cornel.

    2. Osier, a. Made of osiers; composed of, or containing, osiers. “This osier cage of ours.” Shak.