Definition of white willow in English:

white willow

noun

  • A Eurasian streamside willow that has narrow leaves with silky white hairs on both sides, and the bark of which contains salicin.

    Salix alba, family Salicaceae

    ‘Herbs that alleviate pain are meadowsweet and the white willow tree - both are a natural source of aspirin.’
    • ‘He had ended up in a clearing, with white willows leaning to towards the water, trailing their long leafy curtain of fingers through the cool refreshing spring.’
    • ‘Today's aspirin is a synthetic copy of the compound from a white willow tree studied by Dioscorides, who noted that juices from its bark and leaves eased colds' aches and fevers.’
    • ‘To relieve headache pain, herbalists recommend white willow bark.’
    • ‘The water comes from what the company says was once land covered in vast forests of white willow containing Salicin.’