Definition of pussy willow in English:

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pussy willow

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noun

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A willow with soft fluffy yellow or silvery catkins that appear before the leaves. Also called sallow2.
  • Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular (in the US) the glaucous willow (S. discolor), and (in Britain) the goat willow (S. caprea) and grey willow (S. cinerea).
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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