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(Wikkir,) Wikker, Wykkyr, Wekir(r, n. Also: wic(k)ir, wicker. [ME and e.m.E. wyker (north. 1329-30), wikres pl. (1426), wekker (Caxton), wycre (1502), wicker (1576), MSw. viker.] a. A withy, osier or similar pliant twig or branch, esp. used for binding or tying. See also Tempill n.2 for further examples and Wikkir sparris n. pl. Freq. in fig. context. b. Wickerwork, a wickerwork container or covering.a. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 116/45.
My hert … Thought I wald bynd it with a wicir
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 178/14.
As with the wynd wavis the wickir [M. wicker; rh. sickir] Wavis this warldis vanite
Pleugh-song in 1662 Forbes Cantus (ed. 1666).
Make me als so fast and sicker, As I were bound on with a wicker
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3545.
Thocht ane wald bind thé with ane wicker Thow will not keip gude reull
1587 Carmichael Etym. 6.
Vimen, a wicker
(b) 1336 Cal. Doc. III 356.
Et stramen wekirr et tempil pro coopertura domorum
1336 Cal. Doc. III 356 (see Tempill n.2 a).
b. 1501–2 Treas. Acc. II 33.
For glasses bundin with wykkyris and tua kames … x s.
1585 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 432.
That the fowle clengers in the mwre haif ilk ane ane stafe with a wikker at the heid
1596 Dalr. I 42/29.
Nocht sa mekle fishe thay with nettis as with skepis or long kreilis, win with wickeris in the forme of a hose sa round wouen thir quhen thay lay in the furdes … that fast thay stik in the sand … the fishe esilie … entiris in the creilis
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 305.
Flagones … of glase covered with wicker

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