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weeping willow

an Asian willow, Salix babylonica, characterized by the drooping habit of its branches.
Origin of weeping willow
First recorded in 1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Locmaria, your plume is a fine ornament; it looks like a weeping willow.

    Cinq Mars, Complete Alfred de Vigny
  • There are several varieties, but all have the weeping willow.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • The weeping willow has the habit of snapping its twigs off, short, at the base.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The habit of the tree is drooping, like that of the weeping willow.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • It was beside of the streamlet, under a weeping willow, and on a grassy bank.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • It is shaded by a weeping willow, and is surrounded by a hexagonal paling.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • That is what Marmaduke calls it, though the Toyman says it is a weeping willow.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • Not far from the weeping willow or the "Crying Tree," was an elm tree.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • I recognized only the switch which in my day was a weeping willow.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • No, for you left him sleeping under the shade of the weeping willow.

    Natalie Ferna Vale
British Dictionary definitions for weeping willow

weeping willow

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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