- 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.
Origin of osier
Examples from the Web for osier
Historical Examples of osier
Still, she often neglected her osier tray to go rambling about the neighbourhood.The Fat and the Thin
Kalliope was never beaten by her grandfather with osier rods.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Here it serves all the purposes to which the osier is applied in Europe.The Philippine Islands
An osier bow-net and two or three old fishing-boats might be seen there.Sentimental Education, Volume II
Usually made of osier, for the transport and measure of shingle-ballast.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- 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
Word Origin and History for osier
species of willow used in basket-work, c.1300, from Old French osier "willow twig" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin osera "willow," ausaria "willow bed," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish. Old English had the word as oser, from Medieval Latin.