: any of various willows (especially Salix viminalis) whose pliable twigs are used for furniture and basketry
: a willow rod used in basketry
: any of several American dogwoods
especially : red osier

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Red osier dogwood is a native blooming shrub that is found along stream beds. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 Colorful bark is a main feature of red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea subsp. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Such non-native woody plants as autumn olive and honeysuckle were sprayed, while natives such as red osier and gray dogwood were spared. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, 16 May 2017

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin auseria osier bed

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of osier was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Osier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osier. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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