Definition of white willow in English:

white willow

Syllabification: white wil·low

noun

  • A Eurasian streamside willow that has narrow leaves with silky white hairs on both sides, and the bark of which contains salicin.
    • Salix alba, family Salicaceae
    More example sentences
    • Herbs that alleviate pain are meadowsweet and the white willow tree - both are a natural source of aspirin.
    • He had ended up in a clearing, with white willows leaning to towards the water, trailing their long leafy curtain of fingers through the cool refreshing spring.
    • Today's aspirin is a synthetic copy of the compound from a white willow tree studied by Dioscorides, who noted that juices from its bark and leaves eased colds' aches and fevers.

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