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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Withers \With"ers\, n. pl. [Properly, the parts which resist the pull or strain in drawing a load; fr. OE. wither resistance, AS. wi[eth]re, fr. wi[eth]er against; akin to G. widerrist withers. See With, prep.] The ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse, at the base of the neck. See Illust. of Horse. [1913 Webster] Let the galled jade wince; our withers are unwrung. --Shak. [1913 Webster]