weeping willow

noun

Definition of weeping willow

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

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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 Nearby there are stands of elm trees, a weeping willow. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Tiny bridges, babbling streams, weeping willows and koi fish are integrated into the hillside in the most storybook of ways. Ed Droste, Vogue, "Stargazing in Tokyo and Glamping Near Mt. Fuji: Ed Droste’s Epic Japan Travel Diary," 28 May 2019 With classic red-brick buildings, weeping willows, and students sprawled out on grassy knolls year-round, USC feels like everything the movies told you college would be. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America," 6 Aug. 2018 Chinese Garden of Friendship Koi carp swimming in lakes, weeping willows reflected in water, and ornate pavilions perched on rocky hills … you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve been whisked to China in this little pocket of Sino paradise. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Parks in Sydney," 20 Mar. 2018 The tree’s lineage is believed to go back to the weeping willow that, as legend goes, Napoleon would sit beneath after the French emperor was exiled in 1815 to the far-off island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018

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1621, in the meaning defined above

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weeping willow

noun

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: a willow originally from Asia that has slender drooping branches

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