sallow1

[sal-oh] /ˈsæl oʊ/
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)
Related forms
sallowish, adjective
sallowness, noun
Synonyms
1. bilious, jaundiced.
British Dictionary definitions for sallowish
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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Word Origin and History for sallowish
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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sallowish in Medicine

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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