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red osier

Also called red-osier dogwood. a North American dogwood, Cornus sericea (or C. stolonifera), having red twigs and branches and white fruits.
any willow having reddish twigs and branches used for basketry or wickerwork.
Origin of red osier
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Again the speckled trunks of the balm poplars struck my eye, now interspersed with the scarlet stems of the red osier dogwood.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • The immediate shores were also densely covered with the speckled alder, red osier, shrubby willows or sallows, and the like.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • Before I had done with it my ribs showed through my skin and my back was like a red osier basket.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • For damp ground there is no better shrub than the red osier dogwood.

  • Those spreading, pointed fingers of coral with a background of dazzling white are the topmost twigs of the red osier dogwood.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
British Dictionary definitions for red osier

red osier

any of several willow trees that have red twigs used for basketwork
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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