betwixt O.E. betweox "between, among, amidst, meanwhile," from bi- "by" (see BE- (Cf. be-)) + tweox "for two," from P.Gmc. *twa "two" + *-isk "-ish." With parasitic -t that first appeared in O.E. and became general after c.1500.

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