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wood +‎ way


woodway (plural woodways)

  1. A road or path through the forest.
    • 1877, William Morris, The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs:
      So they went through the summer night-tide by many a woodway dim, Till they came to a certain wood-lawn, and Sigmund lingered there,
    • 1906, Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook's Hill:
      The line had not moved a bowshot when De Aquila's great horn blew for a halt, and soon young Fulke—our false Fulke's son—yes, the imp that lit the straw in Pevensey Castle—came thundering up a woodway.
    • 1908, Warwick Deeping, Bertrand of Brittany, page 240:
      Tiphaine was silent when he had ended, watching the winding woodways of the forest.
  2. A path for pedestrians paved in wood; boardwalk.
    • 2005, Reinhold Aman, Maledicta - Volume 1, Issue 2, page 192:
      I surmise that pond originally meant a deep water. So pontus (the old Roman for bridge) may be a shortcut expression for a woodway over a pond.