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Twig Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    twig n : small branch or division of a branch; usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year [syn: branchlet, sprig] v
  1. branch out in a twiglike manner; "The lightning bolt twigged in several directions"
  2. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on" [syn: catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, get it] [also: twigging, twigged]
Twig Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Twig \Twig\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Twigging.] [Cf. Tweak.] To twitch; to pull; to tweak. [Obs. or Scot.]
Twig Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Twig \Twig\, v. t. [Gael. tuig, or Ir. tuigim I understand.]
  1. To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you twig me? [Colloq.] --Marryat.
  2. To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover. ``Now twig him; now mind him.'' --Foote. As if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal. --Hawthorne.
Twig Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Twig \Twig\, n. [AS. twig; akin to D. twijg, OHG. zwig, zwi, G. zweig, and probably to E. two.] A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant, of no definite length or size. The Britons had boats made of willow twigs, covered on the outside with hides. --Sir T. Raleigh. Twig borer (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small beetles which bore into twigs of shrubs and trees, as the apple-tree twig borer (Amphicerus bicaudatus). Twig girdler. (Zo["o]l.) See Girdler, 3. Twig rush (Bot.), any rushlike plant of the genus Cladium having hard, and sometimes prickly-edged, leaves or stalks. See Saw grass, under Saw.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Twig'

A twig is a small thin terminal branch of a woody plant. Twigs are critically important in identification of trees, shrubs and vines, especially in wintertime. The buds on the twig are an important diagnostic characteristic, as are the abscission scars where the leaves have fallen away. The color, texture, and patterning of the twig bark are also important, in addition to the thickness and nature of any pith of the twig.

There are two types of twig, vegetative twigs and fruiting spurs. Fruiting spurs are specialized twigs that generally branch off the sides of branches and leading twigs, and are stubby and slow-growing, with many annular ring markings from seasons past. The age and rate of growth of a twig can be determined by counting the winter terminal bud scale scars, or annular ring marking, down the length of the twig. Are also these are as the many resources for utility or useful to others.

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* As the twig is bent the tree inclines. - Virgil

* I do not want to dieuntil I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the see that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. - Kathe Kollwitz

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