- any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, characterized by narrow, lance-shaped leaves and dense catkins bearing small flowers, many species having tough, pliable twigs or branches used for wickerwork, etc.Compare willow family.
- the wood of any of these trees.
- Informal. something, especially a cricket bat, made of willow wood.
- Also called willower, willy. a machine consisting essentially of a cylinder armed with spikes revolving within a spiked casing, for opening and cleaning cotton or other fiber.
- to treat (textile fibers) with a willow.
Origin of willow
Examples from the Web for willow
My wife (Susie Hariet) was pregnant with our second child (they have two children, daughter Willow, 4, and son Aubrey, 2).Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
A few feet from where we sit is the sawed-off stump of a third willow.
Two feet from the sawed-off stump of a third willow is the small foot-pump carousel Ray was sitting on when he shot himself.
The former VP candidate looked rail thin as she ran errands with her daughter Willow in Studio City.Sarah Palin Debuts Makeover in Los Angeles Looks Scary Thin and Dyed Hair
October 10, 2012
The Queen now owns just two Corgis: Willow and Holly and two Dorgis: Candy and Vulcan.Queen's James Bond Clip Corgi Dies, Buried at Balmoral
September 10, 2012
There is only one, opposite, at the foot of the first willow.
And the rest of the journey to Willow Bluff was made almost in silence.The Night Riders
The oak mentioned in this poem is gone, and a willow takes its place.Whittier-land
Samuel T. Pickard
Jacob skinned them willow sticks, and skinned the old man, too.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
That green strip of willow is the edge of a quicksand where no one knows the depth.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
- any of numerous salicaceous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix, such as the weeping willow and osiers of N temperate regions, which have graceful flexible branches, flowers in catkins, and feathery seeds
- the whitish wood of certain of these trees
- something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
- a machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibres
- a small town in S Alaska, about 113 km (70 miles) northwest of Anchorage: chosen as the site of the projected new state capital in 1976, a plan which never came to fruition. Pop: 1658 (2000)
Word Origin and History for willow
Old English welig, from Proto-Germanic *walg- (cf. Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Dutch wilghe, Dutch wilg), probably from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow. The more typical Germanic word for the tree is represented by withy.