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weeping willow

noun
1.
an Asian willow, Salix babylonica, characterized by the drooping habit of its branches.
Origin of weeping willow
1725-1735
1725-35
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  • A peach with pendulous branches, like those of the weeping willow, has been found capable of propagation by seed.

  • There are several varieties, but all have the weeping willow.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • But never more will I plant myself, like a weeping willow, upon the sedgy bank of stream or river.

  • 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
  • The branches of the fir and beech are straight; the weeping willow and birch droop under their light load to kiss the river.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • Night winds sigh a mournful requiem, and gentle zephyrs fan the leaves of the weeping willow, and murmur among its branches.

  • Not far from the weeping willow or the "Crying Tree," was an elm tree.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • Gud built a snare out of weeping willow twigs, and the Underdog ran round the birds and barked the birches.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
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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