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 Barbara had just planted three weeping willows for Kat. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, 10 May 2023 The corkscrew willow branches were painted red, the weeping willow branches white. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2022 The highlight is the Koi edition, whose black dial features the bright orange Japanese fish taking a dip into the blue rippling water of a pond just beneath a weeping willow tree. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2022 At the entrance to the Planet Word museum in Washington, D.C., stands a remarkable sculpture designed to resemble a weeping willow. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2022 Just after bursting into a dazzling display, the firework takes on the appearance of a weeping willow with its drooping arms curving downwards. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022 Elsewhere in the backyard, there are several unusual plants, including a large weeping willow tree. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Apr. 2022 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, 19 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weeping willow was in 1621

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“Weeping willow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weeping%20willow. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

weeping willow

: an Asian willow with slender drooping branches

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