twig

twig
\ \ English has two separate words twig. The older, ‘small branch’ [OE], which has relatives in German zweig and Dutch tijg, appears to have been formed from the Germanic base *twi- ‘two’, and so etymologically it presumably denotes a ‘forked branch’. The origins of twigcatch on, understand’ [18] are uncertain. It may be the same word as the contemporary but now defunct twigpull’. This was presumably related to tweak [17] and twitch [12], which go back to a prehistoric Germanic base *twik-.
\ \ Cf.TWEAK, TWITCH, TWO

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