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willow (ˈwɪləʊ)
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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