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noun
  1. a decorative design in English ceramics, depicting chiefly a willow tree, small bridge, and two birds, derived from Chinese sources and introduced in approximately 1780: often executed in blue and white but sometimes in red and white.

Origin of willow pattern

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for willow pattern

Historical Examples

  • China generally is not at all like the willow-pattern plate.

    Intimate China

    Mrs. Archibald Little

  • Every willow-pattern plate has a better landscape on it than that.

  • I love its dresser, full of willow-pattern china, and its two big china dogs that face each other on the high mantelpiece.

  • We were in the very heart of the Willow-Pattern Plate and loath to move for fear of breaking it.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • It has a three-storied castle with turned-up roofs, as one sees on the willow-pattern plates.

    Alone with the Hairy Ainu

    A. H. Savage Landor


British Dictionary definitions for willow pattern

willow pattern

noun
    1. a pattern incorporating a willow tree, river, bridge, and figures, typically in blue on a white ground, used on pottery and porcelain
    2. (as modifier)a willow-pattern plate
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