What does Willow mean?

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ˈwɪl oʊWil·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. willow, willow treenoun

    any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix

  2. willownoun

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


  1. willownoun

    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. willownoun

    A cricket bat

  3. willownoun

    The baseball bat.

  4. willownoun

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

  5. willowverb

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

  6. Willownoun

    of modern usage.

  7. Etymology: 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’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Willownoun

    salix, Lat. A tree worn by forlorn lovers.

    Etymology: welie , Saxon,

    It hath amentaceous flowers consisting of several stamina, which are collected into a spike but are barren. The embryoes are produced upon different trees from the male flowers, and afterwards become a fruit or husk, shaped like a cone, opening in two parts, and containing downy seeds. Mil.

    I offered him my company to a willow tree, to make him a garland, as being forsaken, to bind him up a rod, as being worthy to be whipt. William Shakespeare.

    In such a night
    Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
    Upon the wild sea banks. William Shakespeare.

    Tell him, in hope he’ll prove a widower shortly,
    I wear the willow garland for his sake. William Shakespeare.

    When heaven’s burning eye the fields invades,
    To marshes he resorts, obscur’d with reeds,
    And hoary willows, which the moisture feeds. George Sandys.

    Afflicted Israel shall sit weeping down,
    Their harps upon the neighb’ring willows hung,
    Nor joyous hymn encouraging their tongue. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Willownoun

    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. Willownoun

    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. Willowverb

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

  4. Etymology: [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Willow

    wil′ō, n. any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, having slender, pliant branches: the wood of the willow: a cricket-bat.—v.t. to beat with willow rods, as in cleaning cotton, &c.—adj. Will′owed, abounding with, or containing, willows.—n. Will′ow-herb, a perennial herb (Epilobium) of the evening primrose family—also Rose-bay, Bay-willow, French or Persian willow.—adj. Will′owish, like a willow, slender and supple.—ns. Will′ow-machine′, a machine for extracting dirt from hemp, cotton, &c.—also Will′ow; Will′ow-moth, a common British night-moth; Will′ow-war′bler, -wren, a small European sylviine bird; Will′ow-weed, one of various species of Polygonum or knot-weed: the purple loose-strife.—adj. Will′owy, abounding in willows: flexible, graceful.—n. Weep′ing-will′ow, a very ornamental species, a native of the East, much planted in Britain on account of its beautiful pendent twigs.—Bedford willow, a species whose bark is especially rich in salicin and in tannin; White, or Huntingdon, willow, the largest of British species, reaching a height of eighty feet. [A.S. welig; Low Ger. wilge, Dut. wilg.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Willow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Willow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Willow in a Sentence

  1. Erika Wahl:

    I've been trusting Willow Creek principal and superintendent for the last several years to take care of my kids, I'm trusting Willow Creek principal and superintendent now.

  2. Erin Scott -RRB- LaRosa:

    A farm cat from Pennsylvania, Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she jumped up on the stage and interrupted her remarks during a campaign stop, seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden.

  3. Bob Iger:

    This is the end of my 47 1/2 yr ABC @Disney journey and it was' the ride of a lifetime,' enormous thanks to my colleagues fellow cast members special thanks to my wife Willow my 4 children.

  4. Amandla Stenberg:

    It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced. And it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just should n’t be in, as someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it’s hurts. It’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable. But then I realized because of Solange [ Knowles ], and Ava DuVerney, and Willow [ Smith ], and all the black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change.

  5. Fox News:

    I have taken the arrows from my fellow Republican candidates, and I’m standing strong, when God made Bolducs, he made oak trees, not willow trees. We don’t bend with the wind. We stand firm.

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