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pussy willow

[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
noun
1.
a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins.
2.
any of various similar willows.
Origin of pussy willow
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • The four-leaved clover carried the day, though one or two did speak for the daisy, the maiden-hair fern and the pussy willow.

  • But pussy willow was her constant companion, and to Pussy she told everything.

  • My pussy willow girl is star-eyed over a telegram and my much more than civil engineer has told me what he wants for Christmas.

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  • And there's another reason for it beside my pussy willow maid's romance!

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  • A pussy willow centrepiece would carry out the idea nicely, and add to the attractiveness of the table.

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  • The second story is included only because there is no other edition of pussy willow.

  • The pussy willow is the familiar bog willow, whose gray, silky catkins appear in earliest spring.

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  • In midsummer a pussy willow tree is lost among the shrubby growth in any woods.

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  • Only the pussy willow, the quaking asp, and the earliest maples bloom as early as the elm.

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  • A cylindrical or ovoid cluster of inconspicuous flowers, for example, the "pussy willow."

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British Dictionary definitions for pussy willow

pussy willow

/ˈpʊsɪ/
noun
1.
a willow tree that produces silvery silky catkins, esp Salix caprea or S. cinerea in Britain or S. discolor in North America
2.
any of various similar willows
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