- an Asian willow, Salix babylonica, characterized by the drooping habit of its branches.
Origin of weeping willow
First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for weeping willow
Therese had dug a grave during the night at the foot of a weeping-willow.Timar's Two Worlds
No vegetation visible yet but the red maple, weeping-willow, and lilac.
It was of a lady leaning against an urn, a weeping-willow tree near by.A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays
Amy E. Blanchard
Tess watched him stagger along the shore through the rain, the shadows of the weeping-willow trees at last swallowing him up.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
He went into the house, lighted his lamp, sat down, read the letter; he went out and stood under the weeping-willow.An Arkansas Planter
Opie Percival Read
- a hybrid willow tree, Salix alba × S. babylonica, known as S. alba var. tristis, having long hanging branches: widely planted for ornament
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