Etymology
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withe (n.)

Old English wiððe "twisted cord, tough, flexible twig used for binding, especially a willow twig," from PIE *withjon-, from root *wei- "to turn, twist."

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Definitions of withe

withe (n.)
band or rope made of twisted twigs or stems;
withe (n.)
strong flexible twig;
Synonyms: withy
From wordnet.princeton.edu