1) A tough flexible twig, as of birch, hazel or willow, used for binding or tying.

1422 pro virgis pro templis et wethis emptis, 16d, York

1449 ‘cut wythes and other wood’, Yeadon. It is found in early place-names, possibly meaning ‘willow’, so the witheker which is recorded in Bolton by Bowland in the late twelfth century may have been a managed site.

spellings withe
dates 1422 1449

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