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1. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
2. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
v. twigged, twig·ging, twigs Chiefly British
1. To observe or notice.
2. To understand or figure out: "The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago" (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
To be or become aware of the situation; understand: "As Europe is now twigging, the best breeding ground for innovators who know how to do business is often big, competitive companies" (Economist).
[Perhaps from Irish Gaelic tuig-, stem of tuigim, I understand, from Old Irish tuicim.]
The current style; the fashion.
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- drey - A squirrel's nest of twigs in a tree.
- broom - Was first called a besom, but evolved because many of them were made of twigs from the wild broom shrub.
- lop - The smaller branches and twigs of a tree.
- whiskers - Originally the word for a bundle of feathers, twigs, etc. used for whisking (from "whisk"), it then came to denote the projecting hairs or bristles of mammals.
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