wil·​low | \ ˈwi-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce willow (audio) \

Definition of willow

1 : any of a genus (Salix of the family Salicaceae, the willow family) of trees and shrubs bearing catkins of apetalous flowers and including forms of value for wood, osiers, or tanbark and a few ornamentals
2 : an object made of willow wood especially : a cricket bat

Other Words from willow

willowlike \ ˈwi-​lō-​ˌlīk How to pronounce willow (audio) \ adjective

Examples of willow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With natural exfoliants like sugarcane and willow bark extracts, this cleanser resurfaces the skin, taking away any dull, rough, dead skin (a crucial component in any skincare routine), leaving it feeling smooth and clean, but never dry or tight. Karen I. Chen, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 The reality was rolling tangles of waist-high willow, lichens, and berries growing on shifting rocks and sinking marsh. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 The black stumps of willow bushes jutted out of the barren ground. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 The plan is to release pulses of water from an earthen dam along a seven-mile stretch of Rush Creek to mimic annual flood cycles, distributing willow seeds and promoting healthy trout populations. Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2021 Radiocarbon dating of willow wood charcoal also recovered from the hearth revealed that the entire contents, including the seeds, were approximately 12,300 years old. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2021 Add exercise to that; Hilton keeps her willow physique with runs and gym work. Harriet Howard Heithaus, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Telling players to ‘lay the willow on that onion,’ or ‘hit the apple out of the orchard,’ is standard. Gregory Harutunian, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Rees helped Kaiser trim a willow tree in her yard one day and their relationship blossomed from there. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of willow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for willow

Middle English wilghe, wilowe, from Old English welig; akin to Middle High German wilge willow

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“Willow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willow. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of willow

: a tree that has long, narrow leaves and strong, thin branches that are used to make baskets


wil·​low | \ ˈwi-lō How to pronounce willow (audio) \

Kids Definition of willow

: a tree or bush with narrow leaves, catkins for flowers, and tough flexible stems sometimes used in making baskets

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