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wicker

[wik-er] /ˈwɪk ər/
noun
1.
a slender, pliant twig; osier; withe.
2.
plaited or woven twigs or osiers as the material of baskets, chairs, etc.; wickerwork.
3.
something made of wickerwork, as a basket.
adjective
4.
consisting or made of wicker:
a wicker chair.
5.
covered with wicker:
a wicker jug.
Origin of wicker
dialectal Swedish
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish vikker willow. See weak
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  • It was a large bedroom with high ceilings and wicker furniture.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They vse also mosse tyed on aboue the clay with some bryer, wicker, or other bands.

    A New Orchard And Garden William Lawson
  • He sat in his wicker chair before the fire and rocked himself and moaned.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • There were arrows and wicker shields also, and the huge wooden shields of the Egyptians.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The wicker armchair was the most substantial thing about her person.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for wicker

wicker

/ˈwɪkə/
noun
1.
a slender flexible twig or shoot, esp of willow
2.
short for wickerwork
adjective
3.
made, consisting of, or constructed from wicker
Word Origin
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish viker, Danish viger willow, Swedish vika to bend
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Word Origin and History for wicker
n.

mid-14c., "wickerwork," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Middle Swedish viker "willow branch") akin to Old Norse vikja "to move, turn," Swedish vika "to bend," and related to Old English wican "to give way, yield" (see weak). The notion is of pliant twigs.

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