withers

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Etymology[edit]

1580, from Old English dialectical wiðer (against) +‎ -s; see with. So-named because the part of the horse that pushes against a load. Compare German Widerrist (withers), from wider (against) + Rist (wrist).[1]

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withers (plural only)

  1. (veterinary medicine) The part of the back of a four-legged animal that is between the shoulder blades; in many species the highest point of the body and the standard place to measure the animal's height.

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Although this noun refers to one object, there is no corresponding singular form *wither for this word, the singular form being obsolete.

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withers

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of wither

References[edit]

  1. ^ withers” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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