Meaning of pussy willow in English:

pussy willow

Pronunciation /ˌpʊsɪ ˈwɪləʊ/

Translate pussy willow into Spanish


  • A willow with soft fluffy yellow or silvery catkins that appear before the leaves.

    Also called sallow

    Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular (in the US) the glaucous willow (S. discolor), and (in Britain) the goat willow (S. caprea) and grey willow (S. cinerea)

    ‘Other favorite flowers are pussy willow, azalea, peony and water lily or narcissus.’
    • ‘In Nebraska the best markets often are for scarlet curls willow, pussy willow and curly willow.’
    • ‘Weeping mulberry, weeping Siberian pea shrub and weeping pussy willow are often top grafted.’
    • ‘It's all fuzzy like a pussy willow and warm like baked bread.’
    • ‘Mark doesn't like it, because it's not as full as the pussy willow.’
    • ‘No one would hear his speech on the pussy willow, and no one cared for his signs on the recycling fundraiser.’
    • ‘This week Maurer is selling red and yellow pussy willow shoots.’
    • ‘Chavez started walking towards the pussy willow tree.’
    • ‘When I was four years old, I had this weird habit where I'd shove a branch of pussy willow way up my nose.’
    • ‘There were several pussy willow bushes that lined the way to the school.’
    • ‘We also have a staghorn sumac tree and pussy willows.’
    • ‘There were bouquets of roses, violets, daffodils, lilies, tulips, pussy willows mixed with babies breath and sunflowers mixed with Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Forget about robins and cherry blossoms and those spongy yellow marshmallow bunnies that taste like how pussy willows look.’
    • ‘Someone will just show up with a trunk full of pussy willows, and I've already ordered them.’
    • ‘Dried decorations like leaves, branches, berries, and pussy willows are also lovely, long-lived alternatives.’
    • ‘As soon as she turned her attention towards it though, the frog quickly jumped from the pad into some pussy willows growing up by the water's edge.’
    • ‘Each girl brings a bouquet of pussy willows, decorated with artificial flowers and evergreen twigs, to church.’
    • ‘Later, down by a stream in mossy woods and pussy willows there is a masonry chimney, 30-feet high and ten in diameter.’
    • ‘Its observation begins on Palm Sunday, when palm leaves or pussy willows are brought home from church.’


Mid 19th century originally a child's word, because of the resemblance of the soft fluffy catkins to a cat's fur.