withers

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Etymology[edit]

From dialectal English wither (against) (compare wither-) +‎ -s; see with. So-named because it is 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 pl (normally plural, singular wither)

  1. 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. [from 1580]

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Even in the plural, this noun refers to one object. The synonymous singular, wither, is less common.

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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, 2001–2019.

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