Definition of pussy willow in English:

pussy willow

Syllabification: pus·sy wil·low

noun

  • A willow with soft fluffy silvery or yellow catkins that appear before the leaves.
    • Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular the common North American (S. discolor)
    More example sentences
    • Other favorite flowers are pussy willow, azalea, peony and water lily or narcissus.
    • In Nebraska the best markets often are for scarlet curls willow, pussy willow and curly willow.
    • Weeping mulberry, weeping Siberian pea shrub and weeping pussy willow are often top grafted.

Origin

mid 19th century: originally a child's word, because of the resemblance of the soft fluffy catkins to a cat's fur.

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