- 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.
- Informal. something, especially a cricket bat, made of willow wood.
- Also called willower, willy. a machine consisting essentially of a cylinder armed with spikes revolving within a spiked casing, for opening and cleaning cotton or other fiber.
- to treat (textile fibers) with a willow.
Origin of willow
Examples from the Web for willowed
Historical Examples of willowed
Captive Israel are seated, in mute despondency, by the willowed banks of the streams of Babylon.The Hart and the Water-Brooks;
John R. Macduff
Harry led forth his followers,Down by the willowed pond, Past the old grey turnstile,And into the woods beyond.Little Folks (July 1884)
We are fast to a willowed shore, and are preparing lines to try our luck at catching a Catfish or so.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)
Maria R. Audubon
It was perhaps half a mile wide, with flat, willowed mud banks on one side and low shelves of stratified limestone on the other.Birthright
I love it very much for it led to the very edge of a willowed bluff—to the end of the land.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
- 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
Word Origin for willow
- 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)
Old English welig, from Proto-Germanic *walg- (cf. Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Dutch wilghe, Dutch wilg), probably from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow. The more typical Germanic word for the tree is represented by withy.