Thwite

v. t.1.To cut or clip with a knife; to whittle.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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white / Swiche as men to these cages thwite" (1936-8), this "cage" recalls contemporary designs of medieval English bird "cages," which were made of colored "twigges" (see Mary Braswell, "Architectural Portraiture in Chaucer's House of Fame," Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 11, no.
Latest in a series of Victorian melodramas starring a spunky guttersnipe named Dido Thwite. Here she is off to the Spice Island of Aratu where deadly pearl snakes, sting monkeys and stern colonists enliven her search for Lord Heresfoot.