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withers

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərz//
 
[plural] Parts of animals
 
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the highest part of a horse’s back, between its shoulders See related entries: Parts of animals Word Origin early 16th cent.: apparently a reduced form of widersome, from obsolete wither- ‘against, contrary’ (as the part that resists the strain of the collar) + a second element of obscure origin.
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