weeping willow


Definition of weeping willow

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

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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 The expansive, three-story structure is supported by broad wood beams high above and looks out of enormous cathedral-like windows to a large garden, where pebbled trails meander through plants and weeping willows toward comfy seating areas. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Patrons can purchase seats allowing them to watch the play from the onstage bench or bleachers; the rest of us will be enveloped by a large tree, akin to a weeping willow and stretched like a canopy over the audience. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Brothers Size' follows spiritual odyssey of three black men," 16 Feb. 2018 Bamboo stalks and weeping willows sweep across the wide, contrasting borders. Doris Athineos, WSJ, "The Carpets Design Pros Covet? Chinese Art Deco Rugs," 19 Oct. 2017 These are scintillating queries which include: sprinklers or hoses, apples or pears, feathers or wood, and weeping willow or oak. Emily Kirkpatrick, PEOPLE.com, "Gigi Hadid Splits the Crotch of Her Pants, Does a Quick Patch Job in the Limo, Shares a Photo With the World," 22 Sep. 2017

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1621, in the meaning defined above

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: a willow originally from Asia that has slender drooping branches

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