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

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

sallow2 (ˈsæləʊ)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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").

"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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