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Definition of osier

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

Examples of osier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Bees, butterflies and other pollinators will benefit from First Energy's habitat improvements at transmission corridors," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of osier

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for osier

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

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“Osier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osier. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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