What does willow mean?

Definitions for willow
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’.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Getty Images:

    While not immediate, the Willow project in [the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska] is nearly shovel-ready and can provide a domestic source of oil, between the development of NPRA and the longer-term ‘1002 Area’ of ANWR, Alaska could place an additional 17 billion barrels of oil and an additional 32 trillion cubic feet of gas in the marketplace.

  4. Native American Prayer:

    And the wind said May you be as strong as the oak, yet flexible as the birch may you stand as tall as the redwood, live gracefully as the willow and may you always bear fruit all your days on this earth.

  5. 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.

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