noun \ˈwi-(ˌ)lō\

: a tree that has long, narrow leaves and strong, thin branches that are used to make baskets

Full Definition of WILLOW

:  any of a genus (Salix of the family Salicaceae, the willow family) of trees and shrubs bearing catkins of apetalous flowers and including forms of value for wood, osiers, or tanbark and a few ornamentals
:  an object made of willow wood; especially :  a cricket bat
wil·low·like \-lō-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of WILLOW

Middle English wilghe, wilowe, from Old English welig; akin to Middle High German wilge willow
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with WILLOW


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Weeping willow (Salix babylonica).—A to Z Botanical Collection

Any shrub or tree of the genus Salix, family Salicaceae, native mostly to northern temperate regions, and common in lowland and marshy areas. Willows are valued as ornamentals and for their shade, erosion control, and timber. Certain species yield salicin, the source of salicylic acid used in pain relievers. All species have alternate, usually narrow leaves, catkins, and seeds with long, silky hairs. Pussy willows, the male form of several shrubby species, have woolly catkins that form before the leaves appear and are considered one of the first signs of spring. Weeping willows have long drooping branches and leaves. Several species grow as small matted woody plants on the tundra.


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