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puss·y willow

 (po͝os′ē)
n.
1. A deciduous North American shrub or small tree (Salix discolor) having large silky catkins.
2. Any of several willows similar to this plant.

pussy willow

(ˈpʊsɪ)
n
1. (Plants) a willow tree that produces silvery silky catkins, esp Salix caprea or S. cinerea in Britain or S. discolor in North America
2. (Plants) any of various similar willows

puss′y wil′low

(ˈpʊs i)
n.
1. a small willow, Salix discolor, of E North America, having silky catkins.
2. any of various similar willows.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pussy willow - small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leavespussy willow - small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves
genus Salix, Salix - a large and widespread genus varying in size from small shrubs to large trees: willows
willow, willow tree - any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
2.pussy willow - much-branched Old World willow having large catkins and relatively large broad leavespussy willow - much-branched Old World willow having large catkins and relatively large broad leaves
genus Salix, Salix - a large and widespread genus varying in size from small shrubs to large trees: willows
sallow - any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal
Translations

pussy willow

[ˈpʊsɪˌwɪləʊ] nsalicone m
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I leave bouquets on his grave: pussy willows, tulips, lilacs, and irises, but they look so forlorn.