from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as osier-holt.


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  • At the point of the lake which projected to the north, they had discovered an osier-bed in which grew a large number of purple osiers.

    The Mysterious Island

  • He walked between the two points, an osier-bed at this end and some floating lilies at that, and at each point stopped and looked expectantly in one direction.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • On one side the backwater flowed sluggishly on around the osier-bed; on the other it hurried smoothly, silently away, to broaden suddenly before it swept in white foam over an open weir into a deep pool below.

    The Invader A Novel

  • Looking about her she saw an osier-bed dividing the stream, and beside it the opening into the willow-shaded backwater which she remembered.

    The Invader A Novel

  • But the floor of the valley was an osier-bed, and the burst of sunshine had set alight the coarse orange hair of the young plants.

    The Judge

  • This osier-bed is cut quite early in the year, usually in January, and by February all the fresh rods are planted.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • These should be taken from a nursery in which they have been "schooled" for one year, as in that case they will produce a crop fit to cut one year earlier than if the cuttings have been put at once in the new osier-bed.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • Otters, which travel up and down the river, and occasionally lie in the osier-bed which joins the wood, complete the list of predatory quadrupeds which haunt it.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • A flock of sandpipers remained there for some weeks, and during the summer numbers of sedge-warblers have nested on and around the eyot; the cuckoo has been a regular visitor to the osier-bed in the early morning, probably with a view to laying its eggs in the sedge-warblers 'nests.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • A fresh fit of exasperation, that is to say, an abrupt flight across the osier-bed, is followed by a fresh return and a renewal of the vain search, always upon the mark left by the shifted pebble.

    The Mason-Bees


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