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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 of sallow1
1000
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.
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Examples from the Web for sallowness
Historical Examples
  • The sallowness of his complexion was emphasized by his almost jet black hair and dark eyes.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • The sallowness had left his face and a slight color appeared in his cheeks.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • The skin becomes like leather; the colour of the cheeks is replaced by sallowness.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • His natural colour is restored, and the sallowness is quite gone.

    Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald
  • The skin was yellow, but stretched so firm and hard on the cheek bones that the sallowness did not look unhealthy.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • She noted the deep-orange stain on fingers as well as the twitching of muscles and sallowness of skin that came from nicotine.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Sallow is the reverse of healthy in proportion to the sallowness, as a usual thing.

    Fletcherism Horace Fletcher
  • He was deeply moved, but his face showed his emotion only by a slight increase of sallowness.

  • sallowness of the skin is an early and almost constant event in remittent fever.

  • Time had added to the sallowness of her complexion, and certain cracks in the canvas but intensified her ugliness.

    The Statesmen Snowbound Robert Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for sallowness

sallow1

/ˈsæləʊ/
adjective
1.
(esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour
verb
2.
(transitive) to make sallow
Derived Forms
sallowish, adjective
sallowly, adverb
sallowness, noun
Word Origin
Old English salu; related to Old Norse sol seaweed (Icelandic sōlr yellowish), Old High German salo, French sale dirty

sallow2

/ˈsæləʊ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
sallowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sealh; related to Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, Middle Low German salwīde, Latin salix
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Word Origin and History for sallowness

sallow

adj.

Old English salo "dusky, dark" (related to sol "dark, dirty"), from Proto-Germanic *salwa- (cf. Middle Dutch salu "discolored, dirty," Old High German salo "dirty gray," Old Norse sölr "dirty yellow"), from PIE root *sal- "dirty, gray" (cf. Old Church Slavonic slavojocije "grayish-blue color," Russian solovoj "cream-colored"). Related: Sallowness.

n.

"shrubby willow plant," Old English sealh (Anglian salh), from Proto-Germanic *salhjon (cf. Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, and first element in German compound Salweide), from PIE *sal(i)k- "willow" (cf. Latin salix "willow," Middle Irish sail, Welsh helygen, Breton halegen "willow"). French saule "willow" is from Frankish salha, from the Germanic root. Used in Palm Sunday processions and decorations in England before the importing of real palm leaves began.

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sallowness 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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