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a. Any of several willows having long rodlike twigs used in basketry, especially Salix viminalis, native to Eurasia.
b. A twig of one of these shrubs or trees.
2. Any of several North American dogwoods, especially the red osier.
[Middle English, from Old English oser and Old French osier, both from Medieval Latin osera, osiera.]
1. (Plants) any of various willow trees, esp Salix viminalis, whose flexible branches or twigs are used for making baskets, etc
2. (Crafts) a twig or branch from such a tree
3. (Plants) any of several North American dogwoods, esp the red osier
[C14: from Old French, probably from Medieval Latin ausēria, perhaps of Gaulish origin; compare Breton aoz]
1. any of various willows having tough, flexible twigs or branches that are used for wickerwork.
2. a twig from such a willow.
3. any of various North American dogwoods.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French, masculine derivative of osiere < Gallo-Romance *alisaria < Frankish *alis- alder]
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|Noun||1.||osier - flexible twig of a willow tree|
|2.||osier - any of various willows having pliable twigs used in basketry and furniture|
genus Salix, Salix - a large and widespread genus varying in size from small shrubs to large trees: willows
golden willow, Salix alba vitellina, Salix vitellina - European willow having greyish leaves and yellow-orange twigs used in basketry
almond willow, black Hollander, Salix amygdalina, Salix triandra - Old World willow with light green leaves cultivated for use in basketry
basket willow, purple osier, purple willow, red willow, Salix purpurea, red osier - Eurasian osier having reddish or purple twigs and bark rich in tannin