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withers

noun plural with·ers \ˈwi-thərz\

: the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse

Full Definition of WITHERS

1
:  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse — see horse illustration
2
:  a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (as a dog) other than a horse

Origin 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

noun plural with·ers \ˈwi-thərz\

Definition of WITHERS for Kids

:  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse
Medical Dictionary

withers

noun plural with·ers \ˈwith-ərz\

Medical Definition of WITHERS

1
:  the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse
2
:  a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped other than a horse

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