sallow

1
[ sal-oh ]
/ ˈsæl oʊ /

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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before 1000; Middle English sal(o)we, Old English salo; cognate with Old Norse sǫlr yellow; compare French sale dirty (< Gmc)

OTHER WORDS FROM sallow

sal·low·ish, adjectivesal·low·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sallowness (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 sallowness (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 sallowness

sallow
[ sălō ]

adj.

Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.

v.

To make sallow.
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