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
Kate was visiting the Willows Primary School, which is, against all the odds, one of the city's most successful primaries.Kate Dazzles in Erdem on Manchester's 'Shameless' Estate | Tom Sykes | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to the greatness of their work, is their visitation also: they shall lead them to the torrent of the willows.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
And they shall spring up among the herbs, as willows beside the running waters.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
It was nearly six weeks after the day that she had watched him as far as the clump of willows that he came again.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
The mainland of the great northern cove and the eastern side of the Islands were thick with trees: oaks, buckeye, willows, madroo.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
On these shallows water-loving plants and even certain trees, such as the willows and poplars, find a foothold.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
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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