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  • n. Plural form of osier.


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  • This stripping of the osiers is a most busy time in the neighbourhood of the large plantations -- almost like hop-picking -- for men, women, and children can all help.

    Hodge and His Masters

  • The stability of these old timber-built halls, which were so common in Cheshire, depended upon the strong beams with which they were built, the panels being only filled in with light material such as osiers plastered over with mud; and it was one of these that had been pushed out.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • I dreamed that down by the river I cut red osiers to make withy fences for raised beds behind the house.


  • Yes, I really see the lambs from my caves tied up there with twisted osiers, cheese-presses scattered about, and old Silenus with his bald pate all swollen with blows.

    The Cyclops

  • The younger apparition disappeared, and immediately after lowered a ladder of twisted osiers, about eight feet in length, and made signs to David to hold it fast while the lady ascended.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • She would not part from the side of her old friend for several days, and it was with much difficulty she consented to allow him to be buried; but still wishing to pay a tribute to his memory, she covered his grave with moss, and fenced it round with osiers, and annually returned to the same spot, and pulled the weeds from the grave and repaired the fence.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • At last she wandered down to the sandy bight of the lake and stood gazing on Green Eyot, where the osiers and willows were grown wild and long in all these years, and she said that she would swim over to it on the morrow.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • “Confiscation,” that the fisc, whether public, or royal, or seignorial, or imperial, or disloyal, was a small basket of reeds or osiers, in which was put the little money that was received or could be extorted.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Now, in barge and boat; and now ashore among the osiers, or tramping amidst mud and stakes and jagged stones in low – lying places, where solitary watermarks and signals of strange shapes showed like spectres, John Jasper worked and toiled.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Red osiers are getting redder, various birches and aspens show yellow on the twigs, and a silver maple up the street is budding out.

    Another day, another 500 words


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