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weeping willow

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noun
  1. an Asian willow, Salix babylonica, characterized by the drooping habit of its branches.
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Origin of weeping willow

First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for weeping willow

Historical Examples

  • Therese had dug a grave during the night at the foot of a weeping-willow.

    Timar's Two Worlds

    Mr Jkai

  • No vegetation visible yet but the red maple, weeping-willow, and lilac.

  • It was of a lady leaning against an urn, a weeping-willow tree near by.

  • Tess watched him stagger along the shore through the rain, the shadows of the weeping-willow trees at last swallowing him up.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • He went into the house, lighted his lamp, sat down, read the letter; he went out and stood under the weeping-willow.

    An Arkansas Planter

    Opie Percival Read


British Dictionary definitions for weeping willow

weeping willow

noun
  1. a hybrid willow tree, Salix alba  ×  S. babylonica, known as S. alba var. tristis, having long hanging branches: widely planted for ornament
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