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
willowlikeplay \ˈwi-lō-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of willow from the Web
Crews will set off the pyrotechnics from about four locations throughout the park, with willows, spirals and other fireworks dancing and darting through the night sky.
For example, in the Northeast, pussy willows and wild geraniums are good options.
Other giraffes, including 5-month-old Willow, can be seen daily, weather permitting.
The receding water line on the banks — evidenced by the rattle of dead willows that hours earlier were underwater — shows the river is dropping rapidly.
Most of the river bank through Slickrock is densely armored with virtually impenetrable willows.
Take note of the bit of surviving natural shoreline and the cypress elm, live oak, honey locust, black willow, sugarberry, red maple and palmettos that fill the landscape.
For the past two years, Christy has cleared brush and poison ivy, and planted small firs and willows.
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Origin and Etymology of willow
Middle English wilghe, wilowe, from Old English welig; akin to Middle High German wilge willow
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WILLOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of willow for English Language Learners
: a tree that has long, narrow leaves and strong, thin branches that are used to make baskets
WILLOW Defined for Kids
Definition of willow for Students
: a tree or bush with narrow leaves, catkins for flowers, and tough flexible stems sometimes used in making baskets
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