A beautiful willow by a pond.
- The definition of willow is the tree with narrow leaves and flexible limbs in the genus Salix.
An example of willow used as an adjective is in the phrase "willow tree."
- A willow is defined as a tree with narrow leaves and flexible limbs in the genus Salix.
An example of a willow is a tree with flexible twigs that are used to weave baskets.
- any of a genus (Salix) of trees and shrubs of the willow family, having usually narrow leaves, single, slipper-shaped bud scales, and staminate and pistillate catkins borne on separate plants: the flexible twigs of certain species are used in weaving baskets, chair seats, etc.
- the wood of any of these trees
- a machine with revolving spikes for cleaning raw wool, cotton, etc.
Origin of willowbecause orig. made of willow woodInformal a baseball bat or cricket bat
Origin of willowMiddle English wilwe from Old English welig, akin to Dutch wilg from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn, twist, bend from source Classical Greek helix, spiral, helik?, willow
- a. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Salix, having usually narrow leaves, unisexual flowers borne in catkins, and strong lightweight wood.b. The wood of any of these trees.
- Something, such as a cricket bat, that is made from willow.
- A textile machine consisting of a spiked drum revolving inside a chamber fitted internally with spikes, used to open and clean unprocessed cotton or wool.
transitive verbwil·lowed, wil·low·ing, wil·lows
Origin of willowMiddle English wilowe from Old English welig ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.