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withers

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noun plural with·ers \ˈwi-thərz\

Definition of withers

  1. 1 :  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse — see horse illustration

  2. 2 :  a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (as a dog) other than a horse



Origin and Etymology of withers

probably from obsolete English wither- against, from Middle English, from Old English, from wither against; from the withers being the parts which resist the pull in drawing a load — more at with


First Known Use: 1580


WITHERS Defined for Kids

withers

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noun plural with·ers \ˈwi-thərz\

Definition of withers for Students

  1. :  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse




Medical Dictionary

withers

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noun plural with·ers \ˈwith-ərz\

Medical Definition of withers

  1. 1:  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse

  2. 2:  a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped other than a horse





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