Origin of withe
- Middle English from Old English withthe wei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English withe, withthe, from Old English wiÃ¾e, wiÃ¾Ã¾e (“cord, band, thong, fetter"), from Proto-Germanic *wiÃ¾iz, *wiÃ¾jÇ (“cord, rope"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyt- (“that which winds or bends, branch, switch"), from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (“to turn, wind, bend"). Cognate with Danish vidje (“wicker"), Swedish vidja (“withe, wicker, osier"), Icelandic viÃ°, viÃ°ja (“a withe"), Latin vÄ«tis (“vine").