Definition of pussy willow in English:

pussy willow

Line breaks: pussy wil¦low

noun

  • 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)
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    • 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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