red osier

noun
  1. Also called red-osier dogwood. a North American dogwood, Cornus sericea (or C. stolonifera), having red twigs and branches and white fruits.
  2. any willow having reddish twigs and branches used for basketry or wickerwork.

Origin of red osier

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Historical Examples of red osier

  • Cornus stolonifera (red-osier dogwood), prevailing shrub on shore of West Branch; fruit still white in August, 1857.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau


British Dictionary definitions for red osier

red osier

noun
  1. any of several willow trees that have red twigs used for basketwork
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