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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
osier
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Big osier ones, flat, that you could crook over your arm or set on the ground.
▪ From the hides, shimmering water meadows, fingered spits islands, orange-tinged osiers and countless bobbing birds lay exposed to view.
▪ Two osier baskets each: one for red tomatoes and one for green.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Osier

Osier \O"sier\, a. Made of osiers; composed of, or containing, osiers. ``This osier cage of ours.''
--Shak.

Osier

Osier \O"sier\, n. [F. osier: cf. Prov. F. oisis, Armor. ozil, aozil, Gr. ?, ?, ?, L. vitex, and E. withy.] (Bot.)

  1. A kind of willow ( Salix viminalis) growing in wet places in Europe and Asia, and introduced into North America. It is considered the best of the willows for basket work. The name is sometimes given to any kind of willow.

  2. One of the long, pliable twigs of this plant, or of other similar plants. The rank of osiers by the murmuring stream. --Shak. Osier bed, or Osier holt, a place where willows are grown for basket making. [Eng.] Red osier.

    1. A kind of willow with reddish twigs ( Salix rubra).

    2. An American shrub ( Cornus stolonifera) which has slender red branches; -- also called osier cornel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
osier

species of willow used in basket-work, c.1300, from Old French osier "willow twig" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin osera "willow," ausaria "willow bed," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish. Old English had the word as oser, from Medieval Latin.

Wiktionary
osier

n. 1 A kind of willow, (taxlink Salix viminalis species noshow=1), growing in wet places in Europe and Asia, and introduced into North America. It is considered the best of the willows for basket work. The name is sometimes given to any kind of willow. 2 One of the long, pliable twigs of this plant, or of other similar plants.

WordNet
osier
  1. n. flexible twig of a willow tree

  2. any of various willows having pliable twigs used in basketry and furniture

Wikipedia
Osier

Osier may refer to:

  • Willow, species of deciduous trees and shrubs
    • Salix viminalis, species of willow, known as Osier or Common Osier
  • Cornus (genus), species may be referred to as "osier" in North America, especially:
    • Cornus sericea, "red osier"
  • Osier, Colorado, an unincorporated community along the Rio de Los Pinos river in Colorado
  • Osier, Michigan, a ghost town

Usage examples of "osier".

The futchels creaked and squealed as the vehicle swung round another corner, tipping on to two wheels and hurling gobbets of mud into the osiers blurring past on both sides.

On the sedgy brink where the osiers cling Lay a dead man, pallid and wan.

Here--reclining about on cushions of silk and velvet--were several beautiful girls in various attitudes of indolence and ease,--one laughing, black-haired houri was amusing herself with a tame bird which flew to and from her uplifted finger,--another in a half-sitting posture, played cup-and-ball with much active and graceful dexterity,--some were working at gold and silver embroidery,--others, clustered in a semicircle round a large osier basket filled with myrtle, were busy weaving garlands of the fragrant leaves,--and one maiden, seemingly younger than the rest, and of lighter and more delicate complexion, leaned somewhat pensively against an ebony-framed harp, as though she were considering what sad or suggestive chords she should next awaken from its responsive strings.

Balancing atop this odd construction, seeming more cranelike than ever as he bobbed up and down, bending to poke and pry among the osiers, Llonio soon gave a glad cry and waved excitedly.

The custom of decorating graves was once universally prevalent: osiers were carefully bent over them to keep the turf uninjured, and about them were planted evergreens and flowers.

Evergreens, however, had been planted about the grave of the village favorite, and osiers were bent over it to keep the turf uninjured.

Farther down, Sibbi bending like an Egyptian over a bowl of osiers and sun-mummified flowers, Sibbi with her magical face and her bright shallow brain, and her husband Arthur, a bear, at the eternal business of his pipe, knocking out dottle, refilling it, that rank black tobacco odour woven by now into the scalding incense of every room.

The Prince of Mona had made his way to a clump of osiers, and Taran glimpsed him tugging away, trying to uproot them.

Tebrick harnessed the horses again, though he was so cold he could scarcely buckle the straps, and put his vixen in her basket, but seeing that she wanted to look about her, he let her tear away the osiers with her teeth till she had made a hole big enough for her to put her head out of.

It would often fly to a perch near the log Myrddin had drawn up at the door of his hut and which he used for a work place, weaving baskets from osiers brought from a mountain lake, grinding some half-wild grain from a weed-run field.

The screen of osiers parted and we were looking down a steep bank to a dew pond.

Had Thénardier, illuminated by that fearful thirst for liberty which changes precipices into ditches, iron gratings into osier screens, a cripple into an athlete, an old gouty into a bird, stupidity into instinct, instinct into intelligence, and intelligence into genius, had Thénardier invented and extemporised a third method?

Mazeppa ignored the racket, and settled onto his belly beside a growth of red osier on the riverbank.