|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]|
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