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
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Such non-native woody plants as autumn olive and honeysuckle were sprayed, while natives such as red osier and gray dogwood were spared.
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Origin and Etymology of osier
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin auseria osier bed
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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