any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, characterized by narrow, lance-shaped leaves and dense catkins bearing small flowers, many species having tough, pliable twigs or branches used for wickerwork, etc.: Compare willow family.
the wood of any of these trees.
to treat (textile fibers) with a willow.
- wil·low·like, adjective
- wil·low·ish, adjective
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How to use willow in a sentence
The increasing prevalence of tall willows, an important moose habitat, is one sign of these changes in the delta.A stunning visualization of Alaska’s Yukon Delta shows a land in transition | Carolyn Gramling | July 26, 2021 | Science News
A team of researchers from various universities in Canada and the United Kingdom may have found a sustainable solution—planting willow trees.
While this research probably isn’t ready to take on our sewage system just yet, planting more willow trees has more benefits than just their ability to clean up our waste, Pitre says.
Frédéric Pitre, one of the senior authors of the study and a professor at the Université de Montréal explained that the team was excited to see how effective the willow trees were at filtering the wastewater.
Amid all the noise, Gomes and his team deployed 720 fake caterpillars made of clay among willow trees often visited by birds.As ‘phantom rivers’ roar, birds and bats change their hunting habits | Nikk Ogasa | June 15, 2021 | Science News
My wife (Susie Hariet) was pregnant with our second child (they have two children, daughter willow, 4, and son Aubrey, 2).Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho | Tim Teeman | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Earlier, a two-headed dragon in the Ron Howard flop willow was known, at least around the set, as the “Ebersisk.”My Friend, Roger Ebert: Pulitzer Prize Winner Tom Shales on the Moving Documentary ‘Life Itself’ | Tom Shales | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few feet from where we sit is the sawed-off stump of a third willow.
Two feet from the sawed-off stump of a third willow is the small foot-pump carousel Ray was sitting on when he shot himself.
Other events include a Burns Night Supper on January 24, and a willow-weaving workshop in March.
In a minute Bruce was back with his hat full of water from the creek that whimpered just beyond the willow patch.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
What was equally important, a thick clump of cottonwood and willow furnished tolerably secure concealment.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
He swept Aristide aside like an intercepting willow-branch, and poured forth a torrent of furious speech upon his wife.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The willow switch dropped; the various recitations came to a sudden pause.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
A serious voice arrested the willow switch: I didnt like to be scolded when I was a little girl, it used to make me cry.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
British Dictionary definitions for willow (1 of 2)
any of numerous salicaceous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix, such as the weeping willow and osiers of N temperate regions, which have graceful flexible branches, flowers in catkins, and feathery seeds
the whitish wood of certain of these trees
something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
a machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibres
- willowish or willow-like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Willow (2 of 2)
a small town in S Alaska, about 113 km (70 miles) northwest of Anchorage: chosen as the site of the projected new state capital in 1976, a plan which never came to fruition. Pop: 1658 (2000)
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