Here’s your word of the day…




1. Archaic. twisted.


The huge park held an enchanted forest of trees; the long avenue of giant limes, their writhen limbs arching and interlocking, their writhen roots deep in velvet moss, was an approach suited to a fairy story.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett , The Methods of Lady Walderhurst , 1901

They were like the roots of a huge tree uncovered, the earth broken momentarily upon the writhen , thick, fetid tangle of its lightless and outraged life.
— William Faulkner , “Red Leaves,” These 13 , 1931


Writhen has been in English since before 900. It is related to the Old English verb wrīthan meaning “to twist, wind” which in turn is a cognate with the Old Norse rītha meaning “to knit, twist.”


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