From Middle High German gewīge, *gewīhe (in hirzgewīh). Probably a collective derivation from an Old High German *wīa (“branch”), related with Proto-Slavic *věja (compare Slovene veja). The consonants -g-, -h- are then mere hiatus breakers. Alternatively a tool noun derived from Proto-Germanic *wīganą (“to fight”), whence Old English wīgan, related with German weigern (“to refuse”).
- The singular refers to one animal’s antlers as a whole. The plural refers to several animals or to different kinds.
- If it is necessary to refer to one of the two portions individually, this is called Geweihstange, in non-specialist use also Geweihhälfte.