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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 )

OTHER WORDS FROM sallow

sal·low·ish, adjectivesal·low·ness, noun

Other definitions 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

Derived forms of sallow

sallowish, adjectivesallowly, adverbsallowness, noun

Word Origin for sallow

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

Derived forms of sallow

sallowy, adjective

Word Origin for sallow

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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