Definitions for WILLOWˈwɪl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wil•lowˈwɪl 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.

    Category: Plants

  2. the wood of any of these trees.

  3. something, esp. a cricket bat, made of willow wood.

    Category: Informal

Origin of willow:

bef. 900; ME wilwe, wilghe, OE welig, c. OS wilgia, MLG wilge

Princeton's WordNet

  1. willow, willow tree(noun)

    any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix

  2. willow(noun)

    a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. willow(noun)ˈwɪl oʊ

    a tree with branches that hang to the ground


  1. willow(Noun)

    Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere.

  2. willow(Noun)

    A cricket bat

  3. willow(Noun)

    The baseball bat.

  4. willow(Noun)

    A rotating, spiked drum used to open, and clean cotton heads

  5. willow(Verb)

    To open and cleanse (cotton, flax, wool, etc.) by means of a willow.

  6. Willow(ProperNoun)

    of modern usage.

  7. Origin: wilwe, welew, variant of wilghe, from welig, from weligaz (compare West Frisian wylch, Dutch wilg), from u̯elig- (compare Ancient Greek (Arcadian) ἑλίκη, Hittite ‘grass’), from - ‘twist, turn’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Willow(noun)

    any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. "A wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight." Sir W. Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the person beloved, is said to wear the willow

  2. Willow(noun)

    a machine in which cotton or wool is opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods, though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called also willy, twilly, twilly devil, and devil

  3. Willow(verb)

    to open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. See Willow, n., 2


  1. Willow

    Willows, sallows, and osiers form the genus Salix, around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Most species are known as willow, but some narrow-leaved shrub species are called osier, and some broader-leaved species are referred to as sallow. Some willows are low-growing or creeping shrubs; for example, the dwarf willow rarely exceeds 6 cm in height, though it spreads widely across the ground.

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a type of tree with long, slender branches.

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