sallow

1 [sal-oh]
adjective, sallower, sallowest.
1.
of a sickly, yellowish color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make sallow.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English sal(o)we, Old English salo; cognate with Old Norse sǫlr yellow; compare French sale dirty (< Gmc)

sallowish, adjective
sallowness, noun


1. bilious, jaundiced.
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sallow

2 [sal-oh]
noun British.
any of several shrubby Old World willows, especially Salix atrocinerea or the pussy willow, S. caprea.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English sealh; cognate with Old High German salaha, Latin salix

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sallow1 (ˈsæləʊ)
 
adj
1.  (esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour
 
vb
2.  (tr) to make sallow
 
[Old English salu; related to Old Norse sol seaweed (Icelandic sōlr yellowish), Old High German salo, French sale dirty]
 
'sallowish1
 
adj
 
'sallowly1
 
adv
 
'sallowness1
 
n

sallow2 (ˈsæləʊ)
 
n
1.  any of several small willow trees, esp the Eurasian Salix cinerea (common sallow), which has large catkins that appear before the leaves
2.  a twig or the wood of any of these trees
 
[Old English sealh; related to Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, Middle Low German salwīde, Latin salix]
 
'sallowy2
 
adj

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sallow
O.E. salo "dusky, dark" (related to sol "dark, dirty"), from P.Gmc. *salwa- (cf. M.Du. salu "discolored, dirty," O.H.G. salo "dirty gray," O.N. sölr "dirty yellow"), from PIE base *sal- "dirty, gray" (cf. O.C.S. slavojocije "grayish-blue color," Rus. solovoj "cream-colored").

sallow
"shrubby willow plant," O.E. sealh (Anglian salh), from P.Gmc. *salhjon (cf. O.N. selja, O.H.G. salaha, and first element in Ger. compound Salweide), fro PIE *sal(i)k- "willow" (cf. L. salix "willow," M.Ir. sail, Welsh helygen, Breton halegen "willow"). Fr. saule "willow" is from Frank. salha, from the
Gmc. root. Used in Palm Sunday processions and decorations in England before the importing of real palm leaves began.
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sallow sal·low (sāl'ō)
adj. sal·low·er, sal·low·est
Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion. v. sal·lowed, sal·low·ing, sal·lows
To make sallow.

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Example sentences
The bartender, a sallow giant with a mustache, plays chess between serving
  espressos and sugar-sweetened snacks.
His features are pinched and drawn, his complexion sallow.
For some occult reason, it gives my sallow skin a real energy boost and my
  spirits a lift.
Their eyes would turn, their posture would change, their face would go sallow.
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