Definition of willow in English:

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willow

Pronunciation: /ˈwilō/

noun

1 (also willow tree) A tree or shrub of temperate climates that typically has narrow leaves, bears catkins, and grows near water. Its pliant branches yield osiers for basketry, and its wood has various uses.
  • Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: many species.
Example sentences
  • In her madness, Ophelia climbs a willow tree to hang garlands from its branches.
  • Some 2000 years ago the Greeks used the bark and leaves of the willow tree (which contains salicylic acid) to relieve pain and fever.
  • And the tree, the sacred willow tree, the huluppu tree, is no more!
2A machine with revolving spikes used for cleaning cotton, wool, or other fibers.
Example sentences
  • The Japanese willow machine made good money for the domestic economy.

Origin

Old English welig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wilg.

Words that rhyme with willow

armadillo, billow, cigarillo, Murillo, Negrillo, peccadillo, pillow, tamarillo, Utrillo

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Syllabification: wil·low

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