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QUERY: Goowiddy

Kalmia_angustifolia_RubraJim Cornish seeks information about the name goowiddy which is used for a number of woody-stemmed plants in Newfoundland. The name was originally given to Kalmia angustifolia, commonly known as sheep laurel or lambkill. Variations include gold-withy and gould-withy.
The name is said to be of English origin. Any comments would be appreciated.

Image: Kalmia angustifolia; A. Barra, Wiki Commons.

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