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sallow

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[ sal-oh ]
/ ˈsæl oʊ /
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adjective, sal·low·er, sal·low·est.

of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.

verb (used with object)

to make sallow.

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Origin of sallow

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English sal(o)we, Old English salo; cognate with Old Norse sǫlr “yellow”; compare French sale “dirty” (from Germanic )
sal·low·ish, adjectivesal·low·ness, noun

Definition for sallow (2 of 2)

sallow2
[ sal-oh ]
/ ˈsæl oʊ /

noun British.

any of several shrubby Old World willows, especially Salix atrocinerea or the pussy willow, S. caprea.

Origin of sallow

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before 900; Middle English; Old English sealh; cognate with Old High German salaha,Latin salix
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British Dictionary definitions for sallow (1 of 2)

sallow1
/ (ˈsæləʊ) /

adjective

(esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour

verb

(tr) to make sallow
sallowish, adjectivesallowly, adverbsallowness, noun
Old English salu; related to Old Norse sol seaweed (Icelandic sōlr yellowish), Old High German salo, French sale dirty

British Dictionary definitions for sallow (2 of 2)

sallow2
/ (ˈsæləʊ) /

noun

any of several small willow trees, esp the Eurasian Salix cinerea (common sallow), which has large catkins that appear before the leaves
a twig or the wood of any of these trees
sallowy, adjective
Old English sealh; related to Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, Middle Low German salwīde, Latin salix
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Medical definitions for sallow

sallow
[ sălō ]

adj.

Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.

v.

To make sallow.
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