withers

plural noun
with·​ers | \ ˈwi-t͟hərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

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 (such as a dog) other than a horse

First Known Use of withers

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of withers was in 1580

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withers

noun plural
with·​ers | \ ˈwi-t͟hərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

Kids Definition of withers

: the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse

withers

noun plural
with·​ers | \ ˈwit͟h-ərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

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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