[ oh-zher ]
/ ˈoʊ ʒər /


any of various willows, as the red osier, having tough, flexible twigs or branches that are used for wickerwork.
a twig from such a willow.
any of various North American dogwoods.

Words nearby osier

Origin of osier

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French; akin to Medieval Latin ausāria willow bed


o·siered, adjectiveo·sier·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for osier

/ (ˈəʊzɪə) /


any of various willow trees, esp Salix viminalis, whose flexible branches or twigs are used for making baskets, etc
a twig or branch from such a tree
any of several North American dogwoods, esp the red osier

Word Origin for osier

C14: from Old French, probably from Medieval Latin ausēria, perhaps of Gaulish origin; compare Breton aoz
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