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water willow

any of several plants belonging to the genus Justicia, of the acanthus family, growing in water or wet places, especially J. americana, of North America, having clusters of pale violet to white flowers.
Origin of water willow
1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In a general way, I have a mind as round as a ball, and a character fresh as a water-willow.

  • The grace and elegance of the water-willow and the white birch were not for him.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller

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