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water willow

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noun
  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Justicia, of the acanthus family, growing in water or wet places, especially J. americana, of North America, having clusters of pale violet to white flowers.
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Origin of water willow

First recorded in 1575–85
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Historical Examples

  • The grace and elegance of the water-willow and the white birch were not for him.

    A Man for the Ages

    Irving Bacheller

  • In a general way, I have a mind as round as a ball, and a character fresh as a water-willow.