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wil·low

 (wĭl′ō)
n.
1.
a. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Salix, having usually narrow leaves, unisexual flowers borne in catkins, and strong lightweight wood.
b. The wood of any of these trees.
2. Something, such as a cricket bat, that is made from willow.
3. A textile machine consisting of a spiked drum revolving inside a chamber fitted internally with spikes, used to open and clean unprocessed cotton or wool.
tr.v. wil·lowed, wil·low·ing, wil·lows
To open and clean (textile fibers) with a willow.

[Middle English wilowe, from Old English welig; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

willow

(ˈwɪləʊ)
n
1. (Plants) any of numerous salicaceous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix, such as the weeping willow and osiers of N temperate regions, which have graceful flexible branches, flowers in catkins, and feathery seeds
2. (Forestry) the whitish wood of certain of these trees
3. (Forestry) something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
4. (Cricket) something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
5. (Baseball) something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
6. (Textiles) a machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibres
[Old English welig; related to wilige wicker basket, Old Saxon wilgia, Middle High German wilge, Greek helikē willow, helix twisted]
ˈwillowish, ˈwillow-ˌlike adj

Willow

n
(Placename) a small town in S Alaska, about 113 km (70 miles) northwest of Anchorage: chosen as the site of the projected new state capital in 1976, a plan which never came to fruition. Pop: 1658 (2000)

wil•low

(ˈwɪl oʊ)

n.
1. any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, of the willow family, characterized by narrow, lance-shaped leaves and dense catkins bearing small flowers, many species having tough, pliable twigs or branches used for wickerwork, etc.
2. the wood of any of these trees.
3. something, esp. a cricket bat, made of willow wood.
[before 900; Middle English wilwe, wilghe, Old English welig, c. Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Low German wilge]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.willow - any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salixwillow - any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
genus Salix, Salix - a large and widespread genus varying in size from small shrubs to large trees: willows
osier - any of various willows having pliable twigs used in basketry and furniture
Huntingdon willow, Salix alba, white willow - large willow tree of Eurasia and North Africa having greyish canescent leaves and grey bark
Salix alba sericea, Salix sericea, silver willow, silky willow - North American willow with greyish silky pubescent leaves that usually blacken in drying
cricket-bat willow, Salix alba caerulea - Eurasian willow tree having greyish leaves and ascending branches
arctic willow, Salix arctica - low creeping shrub of Arctic Europe and America
Babylonian weeping willow, Salix babylonica, weeping willow - willow with long drooping branches and slender leaves native to China; widely cultivated as an ornamental
Salix blanda, Salix pendulina, Salix pendulina blanda, Wisconsin weeping willow - hybrid willow usually not strongly weeping in habit
pussy willow, Salix discolor - small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves
sallow - any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal
almond-leaves willow, peachleaf willow, peach-leaved willow, Salix amygdaloides - willow of the western United States with leaves like those of peach or almond trees
hoary willow, Salix candida, sage willow - North American shrub with whitish canescent leaves
brittle willow, crack willow, Salix fragilis, snap willow - large willow tree with stiff branches that are easily broken
prairie willow, Salix humilis - slender shrubby willow of dry areas of North America
dwarf willow, Salix herbacea - widely distributed boreal shrubby willow with partially underground creeping stems and bright green glossy leaves
gray willow, grey willow, Salix cinerea - Eurasian shrubby willow with whitish tomentose twigs
arroyo willow, Salix lasiolepis - shrubby willow of the western United States
Salix lucida, shining willow - common North American shrub with shiny lanceolate leaves
black willow, Salix nigra, swamp willow - North American shrubby willow having dark bark and linear leaves growing close to streams and lakes
bay willow, laurel willow, Salix pentandra - European willow tree with shining leathery leaves; widely naturalized in the eastern United States
balsam willow, Salix pyrifolia - small shrubby tree of eastern North America having leaves exuding an odor of balsam when crushed
creeping willow, Salix repens - small trailing bush of Europe and Asia having straggling branches with silky green leaves of which several varieties are cultivated
Salix sitchensis, silky willow, Sitka willow - small shrubby tree of western North America (Alaska to Oregon)
dwarf gray willow, dwarf grey willow, sage willow, Salix tristis - willow shrub of dry places in the eastern United States having long narrow leaves canescent beneath
bearberry willow, Salix uva-ursi - dwarf prostrate mat-forming shrub of Arctic and alpine regions of North America and Greenland having deep green elliptic leaves that taper toward the base
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
2.willow - a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers
textile machine - a machine for making textiles
Translations
صَفْصافصَفْصَاف
vrba
piletræ
paju
vrba
fûz2fûzfafűzfa
víðirvíîir, pílviîur
ヤナギ
버드나무
gluosnis
vītols
salcie
vŕba
vrba
vrba
pil
ต้นวิลโลว์ปลูกใกล้น้ำ
cây liễu

willow

[ˈwɪləʊ]
A. N (also willow tree) → sauce m
B. CPD willow pattern N dibujos de aspecto chinesco para la cerámica
see also willow-pattern willow warbler Nmosquitero m musical

willow

[ˈwɪləʊ] nsaule m

willow

n (also willow tree)Weide f, → Weidenbaum m; (= wood)Weidenholz nt; (= twigs)Weidenruten or -gerten pl

willow

[ˈwɪləʊ] n (also willow tree) → salice m
white willow → salice bianco

willow

(ˈwiləu) noun
a type of tree with long, slender branches.

willow

صَفْصَاف vrba piletræ Weide ιτιά sauce paju saule vrba salice ヤナギ 버드나무 wilg piletre wierzba salgueiro ива pil ต้นวิลโลว์ปลูกใกล้น้ำ söğüt cây liễu 柳树
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Now, to me the elm-leaves whisper Mad, discordant melodies, And keen melodies like shadows Haunt the moaning willow trees, And the sycamores with laughter Mock me in the nightly breeze.
What rebellious thoughts of the cool river, and some shady bathing-place beneath willow trees with branches dipping in the water, kept tempting and urging that sturdy boy, who, with his shirt-collar unbuttoned and flung back as far as it could go, sat fanning his flushed face with a spelling-book, wishing himself a whale, or a tittlebat, or a fly, or anything but a boy at school on that hot, broiling day
Over the head of my bed there is a picture of Robby Burns standing at Highland Mary's grave, shadowed by an enormous weeping willow tree.
The morning dew was still lying on the thick undergrowth of the grass, and that he might not get his feet wet, Sergey Ivanovitch asked his brother to drive him in the trap up to the willow tree from which the carp was caught.
There was another milestone, a sad one, marking a little grave under a willow tree at Sunnybrook Farm.
First of all Carrie Sloane dared Ruby Gillis to climb to a certain point in the huge old willow tree before the front door; which Ruby Gillis, albeit in mortal dread of the fat green caterpillars with which said tree was infested and with the fear of her mother before her eyes if she should tear her new muslin dress, nimbly did, to the discomfiture of the aforesaid Carrie Sloane.
They saw a man about forty years of age, standing under a willow tree, eating bread that had been rubbed with a clove of garlic.
The recent gales caused a lot of serious damage to the weeping willow trees at the entrance to Beechwood Park and playing fields, and some of the thick branches were left dangling and swaying around in a dangerous position.
The EA have offices full of computers inventing more and more areas as designated flood plains, even in Mold (360 feet above sea level) which was flooded in 2000 with a lifeboat rescuing people because the River Alyn had not been, and still has not been, dredged, but the EA have planted 1100 Willow trees in and along the River Alyn at Mold.
TWO ancient trees have been saved from the chop - but nearby willow trees are getting the axe.
Deep in the Radley's 'red fields' heartland next to Platt Brook is one of the most beautiful willow trees I've seen.
AN AIRPORT will become the first in the UK to be powered partly by willow trees.