branchy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

branch +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

branchy ‎(comparative branchier or more branchy, superlative branchiest or most branchy)

  1. Having many branches.
    • 1795, William Blake, The Book of Los, Chapter II, lines 92-4, in Blake: The Complete Poems, 3rd edition, Routledge, 2007, p. 288,
      [] there grew / Branchy forms, organizing the Human / Into finite inflexible organs,
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, "Sir Galahad" lines 58-60, [1]
      No branchy thicket shelter yields; / But blessèd forms in whistling storms / Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter 25, [2]
      [] the trees blew steadfastly one way, never writhing round, and scarcely tossing back their boughs once in an hour; so continuous was the strain bending their branchy heads northward []
    • 1879, Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Duns Scotus's Oxford" in Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by Robert Bridges, London: Humphrey Milford, no date, p. 41, [3]
      Towery city and branchy between towers;
    The shrub was too branchy. It needed to be pruned so it would have a few strong shoots instead of many weak ones.
  2. Tending to branch frequently.

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