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
Cut a handful of 8- to 10-inch-long willow stems and remove the leaves.
As a result, the willows began to grow tall again, allowing for the natural restoration of habitats which had dwindled during most of the 20th century.
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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 century
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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