red osier


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Osier \O"sier\, n. [F. osier: cf. Prov. F. oisis, Armor. ozil,
   aozil, Gr. ?, ?, ?, L. vitex, and E. withy.] (Bot.)
      (a) 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.
      (b) One of the long, pliable twigs of this plant, or of
          other similar plants.
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                The rank of osiers by the murmuring stream.
                                                  --Shak.
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   Osier bed, or Osier holt, a place where willows are grown
      for basket making. [Eng.]

   Red osier.
      (a) A kind of willow with reddish twigs (Salix rubra).
      (b) An American shrub (Cornus stolonifera) which has
          slender red branches; -- also called osier cornel.
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