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willow

[wil-oh]
noun
1.
any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, characterized by narrow, lance-shaped leaves and dense catkins bearing small flowers, many species having tough, pliable twigs or branches used for wickerwork, etc. Compare willow family.
2.
the wood of any of these trees.
3.
Informal. something, especially a cricket bat, made of willow wood.
4.
Also called willower, willy. a machine consisting essentially of a cylinder armed with spikes revolving within a spiked casing, for opening and cleaning cotton or other fiber.
verb (used with object)
5.
to treat (textile fibers) with a willow.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English wilwe, variant of wilghe, Old English welig; cognate with Old Saxon wilgia, Dutch wilg, Low German wilge

willowlike, adjective
willowish, adjective
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willow (ˈwɪləʊ)
 
n
1.  any of numerous salicaceous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix, such as the weeping willow and osiers of N temperate regions, which have graceful flexible branches, flowers in catkins, and feathery seeds
2.  the whitish wood of certain of these trees
3.  something made of willow wood, such as a cricket or baseball bat
4.  a machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibres
 
[Old English welig; related to wilige wicker basket, Old Saxon wilgia, Middle High German wilge, Greek helikē willow, helix twisted]
 
'willowish
 
adj
 
'willow-like
 
adj

Willow
 
n
a small town in S Alaska, about 113 km (70 miles) northwest of Anchorage: chosen as the site of the projected new state capital in 1976, a plan which never came to fruition. Pop: 1658 (2000)

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willow
O.E. welig, from P.Gmc. *walg- (cf. O.S. wilgia, M.Du. wilghe, Du. wilg), probably from PIE *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow.
The more typical Gmc. word for the tree is represented by withy. Willowy "flexible and graceful" is attested from 1791.
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