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tiller3

[til-er] /ˈtɪl ər/
noun
1.
a plant shoot that springs from the root or bottom of the original stalk.
2.
a sapling.
verb (used without object)
3.
(of a plant) to put forth new shoots from the root or around the bottom of the original stalk.
Origin of tiller3
1000
before 1000; Old English telgor twig, shoot (not recorded in ME); akin to telge rod, Old Norse tjalga branch, telgja to cut
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tiller1

/ˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a handle fixed to the top of a rudderpost to serve as a lever in steering it
Derived Forms
tillerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French teiler beam of a loom, from Medieval Latin tēlārium, from Latin tēla web

tiller2

/ˈtɪlə/
noun
1.
a shoot that arises from the base of the stem in grasses
2.
a less common name for sapling
verb
3.
(intransitive) (of a plant) to produce tillers
Word Origin
Old English telgor twig; related to Icelandic tjalga branch
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Word Origin and History for tillering

tiller

n.

mid-14c., "stock of a crossbow," from Old French telier "stock of a crossbow" (c.1200), originally "weaver's beam," from Medieval Latin telarium, from Latin tela "web, loom," from PIE *teks-la-, from root *teks- "to weave" (see texture). Meaning "bar to turn the rudder of a boat" first recorded 1620s.

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