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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
References in classic literature ?
There was a long pause, while a blackbird sung blithely on the willow by the river, and the tall grass rustled in the wind.
Beyond the corncribs, at the bottom of the shallow draw, was a muddy little pond, with rusty willow bushes growing about it.
A graceful cradle of willow, with all its dainty furbishings, was laid upon the pyre, which had already been fed with the richness of a priceless layette.
And here, some six months ago -- pacing from corner to corner, or lounging on the long-legged tool, with his elbow on the desk, and his eyes wandering up and down the columns of the morning newspaper -- you might have recognised, honoured reader, the same individual who welcomed you into his cheery little study, where the sunshine glimmered so pleasantly through the willow branches on the western side of the Old Manse.
Unlike the straight perpendicular twin-jets of the Right Whale, which, dividing at top, falls over in two branches, like the cleft drooping boughs of a willow, the single forward-slanting spout of the Sperm Whale presents a thick curled bush of white mist, continually rising and falling away to leeward.
I had made a pipe a while back, and also some pretty fair tobacco; not the real thing, but what some of the Indians use: the inside bark of the willow, dried.
She had not time to run, but she did what answered just as well; she promptly drew a lithe young willow bough athwart her white body with one hand, and then contemplated us with a simple and untroubled interest.
I peeped out through the willow branches, and there it was -- a skiff, away across the water.
There was another milestone, a sad one, marking a little grave under a willow tree at Sunnybrook Farm.
When I came to the stile, I stopped a minute, looked round and listened, with an idea that a horse's hoofs might ring on the causeway again, and that a rider in a cloak, and a Gytrash-like Newfoundland dog, might be again apparent: I saw only the hedge and a pollard willow before me, rising up still and straight to meet the moonbeams; I heard only the faintest waft of wind roaming fitful among the trees round Thornfield, a mile distant; and when I glanced down in the direction of the murmur, my eye, traversing the hall-front, caught a light kindling in a window: it reminded me that I was late, and I hurried on.
I judged him to be a bachelor from the frayed condition of his linen, and he appeared to have sustained a good many bereavements; for, he wore at least four mourning rings, besides a brooch representing a lady and a weeping willow at a tomb with an urn on it.
Locksley returned almost instantly with a willow wand about six feet in length, perfectly straight, and rather thicker than a man's thumb.