What does withy mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term withy:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. withe, withy(noun)

    strong flexible twig


  1. withy(Noun)

    The osier willow (Salix viminalis).

  2. withy(Noun)

    A long flexible twig of the osier; a withe.

  3. withy(Adjective)

    Flexible, like a withe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withy(noun)

    the osier willow (Salix viminalis). See Osier, n. (a)

  2. Withy(noun)

    a withe. See Withe, 1

  3. Withy(adj)

    made of withes; like a withe; flexible and tough; also, abounding in withes

  4. Origin: [OE. withe, wipi, AS. wig a willow, willow twig; akin to G. weide willow, OHG. wda, Icel. vja, a withy, Sw. vide a willow twig, Dan. vidie a willow, osier, Gr. , and probably to L. vitis a vine, viere to plait, Russ. vite. 141. Cf. Wine, Withe.]


  1. Withy

    Withy or withe is a strong flexible willow stem that is typically used in thatching and for gardening. Several species and hybrid cultivars of willows are grown for withy production; typical species include Salix acutifolia, Salix daphnoides, Salix × mollissima, Salix purpurea, Salix triandra, and Salix viminalis. The term is also sometimes used to describe any type of flexible rod used in rural crafts such as hazel or ash. Withies are traditionally used to mark minor tidal channels in UK harbours and estuaries. In many places they are still in use today and are often marked on navigation charts. At high tide the tops of a line of withies stuck in the mud on one or both sides of the channel will show above water to indicate where the deeper water lies. International navigation chart symbols for withies are pictured. Places such as Wythenshawe and Withy Grove in Manchester take their names from the willow woods and groves that grew there in earlier times. The Somerset Levels is now the only area in the UK where basket willow is grown commercially.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of withy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of withy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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