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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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Neath the willows by the stream; Would the heart have kept unspoken Love that was its rarest dream!
But when I got to shore pap wasn't in sight yet, and as I was running her into a little creek like a gully, all hung over with vines and willows, I struck another idea: I judged I'd hide her good, and then,
The horses were almost famished; for the herbage was covered by the deep snow, so that they had nothing to subsist upon but scanty wisps of the dry bunch grass which peered above the surface, and the small branches and twigs of frozen willows and wormwood.
Steadily he pressed forward by winding ways till he came to a green broad pasture land at whose edge flowed a stream dipping in and out among the willows and rushes on the banks.
Her white skin had a low bank of fresh green willows for background and effective contrast--for she stood against them--and above and out of them projected the eager faces and white shoulders of two smaller girls.
Mountains were constantly to be seen in different directions, but sometimes the swift river glided through prairies, and was bordered by small cotton-wood trees and willows.
At last she got away, and did not stop in her retreat till she was in the thicket of pollard willows at the lower side of the barton, where she could be quite unseen.
Nikita had guessed right: it was not a wood, but a row of tall willows with a few leaves still fluttering on them here and there.
The night wind tells me secrets Of lotus lilies blue; And hour by hour the willows Shake down the chiming dew.
I had crossed a marshy tract full of willows, bulrushes, and odd, outlandish, swampy trees; and I had now come out upon the skirts of an open piece of undulating, sandy country, about a mile long, dotted with a few pines and a great number of contorted trees, not unlike the oak in growth, but pale in the foliage, like willows.
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.
Locksley returned almost instantly with a willow wand about six feet in length, perfectly straight, and rather thicker than a man's thumb.