willow

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noun wil·low \ˈwi-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of willow

  1. 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. 2 :  an object made of willow wood; especially :  a cricket bat

willowlike

play \-lō-ˌlīk\ adjective

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 century


WILLOW Defined for English Language Learners

willow

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noun wil·low \ˈwi-(ˌ)lō\

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

willow

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noun wil·low \ˈwi-lō\

Definition of willow for Students

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



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