Definition of willow in English:


Syllabification: wil·low
Pronunciation: /ˈwilō


  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • The Japanese willow machine made good money for the domestic economy.


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

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