weeping willow


Definition of weeping willow

: an Asian willow (Salix babylonica) introduced into North America that has slender pendent branches

Examples of weeping willow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Family and close friends shared joyful stories beneath a weeping willow. David Biller, Star Tribune, "VIRUS DIARY: As time ran short, a son rushed to say goodbye," 22 Sep. 2020 The weeping willow has a relative in the Arctic (Salix herbacea) that tops out at less than 2 inches. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "A perennial plant whose wood stems are wrapped in bark is a ...," 5 Nov. 2019 And the gardens are like an impressionist painting come to life, with water lilies, weeping willows, wisterias, and the famous green Japanese bridge. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in France," 5 Nov. 2019 When the river is high, the branches of the weeping willow planted in cobblestones at the tip of the square caress the surface of the Seine. Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, "Knowing Paris by Its Bridges," 4 Nov. 2019 When Elaine did finally erect a memorial to its victims in April, the remembrance -- a weeping willow tree -- was chopped down, Olson says. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A new monument will honor the victims of a century-old racist massacre. Some say it's not where it should be," 28 Sep. 2019 About a dozen mosaic sculptures sit among the park’s weeping willows, designed by local and international artists, to convey a message of universal peace and friendship. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 And the gardens are an impressionist painting come to life, with water lilies, weeping willows, wisterias, and the famous green Japanese bridge. Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Most Beautiful Small Towns in France," 17 July 2019 Wander around weeping willows and green lily ponds in the gardens that inspired some of his greatest works of art. National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of weeping willow

1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Weeping willow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weeping%20willow. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of weeping willow

: a willow originally from Asia that has slender drooping branches

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