Any of several North American dogwoods, especially the red osier.
Any of various willows (esp. Salix viminalis and S. purpurea) whose lithe branches or stems are used for baskets and furniture.
A willow branch used for wickerwork.
Any of several North American dogwoods.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of osier
- Middle English from Old English oser Old French osier both from Medieval Latin osera, osiera
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition