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twig (n.)

Old English twig "twig, branch, shoot, small tree," from Proto-Germanic *twigga "a fork" (source also of Middle Dutch twijch, Dutch twijg, Old High German zwig, German Zweig "branch, twig"), from PIE *dwi-ko-, from root *dwo- "two." Compare Old English twisel "fork, point of division."

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Definitions of twig from WordNet
1
twig (v.)
branch out in a twiglike manner;
The lightning bolt twigged in several directions
twig (v.)
understand, usually after some initial difficulty;
Synonyms: catch on / get wise / get onto / tumble / latch on / cotton on / get it
2
twig (n.)
a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year;
Synonyms: branchlet / sprig
From wordnet.princeton.edu