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pussy willow

[poo s-ee]
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noun
  1. a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins.
  2. any of various similar willows.

Origin of pussy willow

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for pussy willow

pussy willow

noun
  1. a willow tree that produces silvery silky catkins, esp Salix caprea or S. cinerea in Britain or S. discolor in North America
  2. any of various similar willows
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