A salt works or salt pit; also one of the towns in Cheshire and remembered in names such as Droitwich. Similar to *wick but used here only in relation to places with salt. [< OldEngl. wic = a living place or village]

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  • wych- — comb. form (also wich , witch ) in names of trees with pliant branches. Etymology: OE wic(e) app. f. a Gmc root meaning bend : rel. to WEAK …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wych Street — was a street in London, running roughly east west to the south of Lincoln s Inn Fields, from the Strand to Drury Lane. It was in an area that was not affected by the Great Fire of London, and contained decrepit Elizabethan houses, with projecting …   Wikipedia

  • Wych-hazel — Wych ha zel, n. (Bot.) The wych elm; so called because its leaves are like those of the hazel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wych elm — wych′ elm [[t]wɪtʃ[/t]] n. pln a large leaved European elm, Ulmus glabra, introduced in the U.S • Etymology: 1620–30; wych wych elm, ME wyche, OE wice …   From formal English to slang

  • wych-ha|zel — «WIHCH HAY zuhl», noun. 1. = witch hazel. (Cf. ↑witch hazel) 2. = wych elm. (Cf. ↑wych elm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wych-elm — n. [OE. wiche a kind of elm, AS. wice a kind of tree. Cf. {Wicker}.] (Bot.) A species of elm ({Ulmus montana}) found in Northern and Western Europe; Scotch elm. [1913 Webster] Note: By confusion this word is often written witch elm. [1913 Webste …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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