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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
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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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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Word Origin and History for pussy-willow
n.

1869, on notion of "soft and furry," a children's word, from pussy (n.1) + willow.

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Encyclopedia Article for pussy-willow

pussy willow

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

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