- of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.
- to make sallow.
Origin of sallow1
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Examples from the Web for sallowness
Sallow is the reverse of healthy in proportion to the sallowness, as a usual thing.Fletcherism
The skin becomes like leather; the colour of the cheeks is replaced by sallowness.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
The sallowness had left his face and a slight color appeared in his cheeks.The Bachelors
William Dana Orcutt
His natural colour is restored, and the sallowness is quite gone.Fletcher of Madeley
Frederic W. Macdonald
The careworn look had gone from his eyes, the sallowness from his complexion.A Lost Leader
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour
- (tr) to make sallow
- any of several small willow trees, esp the Eurasian Salix cinerea (common sallow), which has large catkins that appear before the leaves
- a twig or the wood of any of these trees
Word Origin and History for sallowness
Old English salo "dusky, dark" (related to sol "dark, dirty"), from Proto-Germanic *salwa- (cf. Middle Dutch salu "discolored, dirty," Old High German salo "dirty gray," Old Norse sölr "dirty yellow"), from PIE root *sal- "dirty, gray" (cf. Old Church Slavonic slavojocije "grayish-blue color," Russian solovoj "cream-colored"). Related: Sallowness.
"shrubby willow plant," Old English sealh (Anglian salh), from Proto-Germanic *salhjon (cf. Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, and first element in German compound Salweide), from PIE *sal(i)k- "willow" (cf. Latin salix "willow," Middle Irish sail, Welsh helygen, Breton halegen "willow"). French saule "willow" is from Frankish salha, from the Germanic root. Used in Palm Sunday processions and decorations in England before the importing of real palm leaves began.
- Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.
- To make sallow.