Definition of white willow in English:

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white willow

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.
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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Syllabification: white wil·low

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