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pussy willow

[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
noun
1.
a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins.
2.
any of various similar willows.
Origin of pussy willow
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70
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Examples from the Web for pussy-willow
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  • She made some pussy-willow buds to look like little cats on a stick.

    Peeps at People Robert Cortes Holliday
  • We shall take home a band of the Monkeys, tree and all, and you will learn that a pussy-willow is only a baby Monkey half done.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • I got lots of pussy-willow, and some little fellows told me there were May-flowers somewhere.

    Julia The Apostate Josephine Daskam
  • One bright day in February I found a pussy-willow tree, with its deep purple buds showing not a hint of the life within.

    Getting Acquainted with the Trees J. Horace McFarland
British Dictionary definitions for pussy-willow

pussy willow

/ˈpʊsɪ/
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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Word Origin and History for pussy-willow
n.

1869, on notion of "soft and furry," a children's word, from pussy (n.1) + willow.

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