water willow


Definition of water willow

  1. 1 :  any of several plants that thrive in wet areas and are felt to resemble willows: such as a (1) :  purple loosestrife (2) :  swamp loosestrife b :  fireweed b c :  a plant of the genus Justicia; especially :  a North American rhizomatous plant (J. americana) that has slender elongated leaves and dense capitate to elliposidal inflorescences with pale violet or white flowers

  2. 2 :  any of several willows that thrive in wet areas

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