pussy willow

pussy willow

[poos-ee]
noun
1.
a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins.
2.
any of various similar willows.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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pussy willow (ˈpʊsɪ)
 
n
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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pussy willow

any willow having large, cylindrical, silky catkins, specifically the species Salix caprea. See willow.

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