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pussy willow

[ poos-ee ]
/ ˈpʊs i /
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noun

a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins.
any of various similar willows.

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Origin of pussy willow

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for pussy willow

pussy willow
/ (ˈpʊsɪ) /

noun

a willow tree that produces silvery silky catkins, esp Salix caprea or S. cinerea in Britain or S. discolor in North America
any of various similar willows
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