- 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