There are 2 definitions of sallow in English:

sallow1

Syllabification: sal·low
Pronunciation: /ˈsalō
 
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adjective (sallower, sallowest)

(Of a person’s face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown color.
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  • Other patients who had pale lips, sallow complexion and bleeding had fewer mitochondria in the parietal cells of the stomach and these had obviously damaged cristal membranes. c.
  • The shaken man described one of the attackers as thin, in his early 20s, with long thin face and a Mexican-style moustache and sallow complexion.
  • Whiteside is described as 5ft 6in tall, slim, with short hair which is balding on top and going grey on sides, a sallow complexion and brown eyes.
Synonyms
yellowish, jaundiced, pallid, wan, pale, anemic, bloodless, pasty; unhealthy, sickly, washed out Medicineicteric

verb

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Make sallow.

Origin

Old English salo 'dusky', of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse sǫlr 'yellow', from a base meaning 'dirty'.

Derivatives

sallowish

adjective
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  • A youngish sallowish gentleman in spectacles, with a lumpy forehead, seated in a supplementary chair at a corner of the table, here caused a profound sensation by saying, in a raised voice, "ESKER," and then stopping dead.
  • I am white and have a sallowish complexion in places. Tips on treatments or products are welcome.

sallowness

noun
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  • The sallowness of his complexion took the luster from his eyes, like lamps kept on in daylight.
  • Photoaging induces marked cutaneous alterations clinically characterized by wrinkles, roughness, sallowness, mottled dyspigmentation, telangectasia and a variety of benign or malignant neoplasms.
  • Dab on a small amount of eye cream (with your fourth finger) that contains caffeine to take down any puffiness and sallowness.

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something

There are 2 definitions of sallow in English:

sallow2

Syllabification: sal·low
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈsalō/

noun

1chiefly British A willow tree, especially one of a low-growing or shrubby kind. Also called pussy willow.
  • Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular the great sallow (see goat willow)
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  • Sallows grow much faster, if they are planted within reach of water, or in a very moorish ground, or flat plain; and where the soil is (by reason of extraordinary moisture) unfit for arable, or meadow.
  • Goat Willow, Sallow or Pussy Willow is a very common, native, small tree or shrub to 10m. It is found throughout Britain in hedges,scrub and damp woods.
2A moth with dull yellow, orange, and brown patterned wings. The larvae of some species feed on sallow catkins.
  • Genus Xanthia, family Noctuidae: several species
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  • The Xanthia family of moths were the next of the Sallows to appear, with a Barred Sallow, Xanthia aurago and the Sallow, Xanthia icteritia, both turning up on 21 September. A Pink-barred Sallow, Xanthia togata, was the last of this family to be recorded during this period.
  • The genus Eupsilia, which includes some of the moths known as Sallows, is one of the problematic groups. There are nine or ten species in North America, with perhaps more to be eventually described.

Origin

Old English salh, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse selja, and Latin salix 'willow'.

Derivatives

sallowy

adjective
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  • My skin tone is on the sallowy side so I just ordered samples from Sacha's cosmetics.
  • This is a great, classic comedy, but the DVD version suffers somewhat. It has a sallowy, yellowish tint to it (not horribly so, but noticeably so) and is VERY fuzzy.

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Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something