Definition of willow in English:

willow

Pronunciation /ˈwilō/ /ˈwɪloʊ/

Translate willow into Spanish

noun

  • 1

    (also willow tree)
    A tree or shrub of temperate climates that typically has narrow leaves, bears catkins, and grows near water. Its pliant branches yield osiers for basketry, and its wood has various uses.

    Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: many species

    ‘In her madness, Ophelia climbs a willow tree to hang garlands from its branches.’
    • ‘Some 2000 years ago the Greeks used the bark and leaves of the willow tree (which contains salicylic acid) to relieve pain and fever.’
    • ‘And the tree, the sacred willow tree, the huluppu tree, is no more!’
    • ‘He stopped when he saw her, her thread bare cotton skirt hiked up to her knees as her feet brushed the top of the water underneath a willow tree.’
    • ‘It is said that Hippocrates (he of the Hippocratic Oath) brewed leaves from the willow tree to ease the pain of childbirth.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes, Sarah lay down on the grass near a tall willow tree.’
    • ‘On her fifteenth birthday she had stupidly agreed to jump off a branch of a willow tree over a shallow ravine some ten feet below on a dare.’
    • ‘Daddy found this place: there was a willow tree with its branches dipping into the little river nearby.’
    • ‘We chose to sit beneath a willow tree with its branches shielding us from view.’
    • ‘To his luck he saw the light on in her room and the window open, behind the thick leaves from the willow tree.’
    • ‘A wiggling larva on a leaf of a willow tree catches her eye and is quickly consumed.’
    • ‘Ford stood next to a willow tree, the thin branches falling around him like a curtain.’
    • ‘One of the remedies Hippocrates used for pain and fevers was powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree.’
    • ‘If you want tiger swallowtail butterflies, plant a willow tree.’
    • ‘She wanted a whippy switch off a willow tree in the front yard.’
    • ‘The study area is subalpine tundra, and primary vegetation is shrubby willow.’
    • ‘Briony walked down the path leading to the old but beautiful whispering willow.’
    • ‘Another twist on this theme is his striking wall lamps, which are essentially steel rods with willow woven around them.’
    • ‘The stream is well overgrown with willow and more.’
    • ‘The walls of the maze are planted with willow, and there are little jokes throughout, such as a skeleton reclining on a bench and a small cricket pavilion.’
  • 2A machine with revolving spikes used for cleaning cotton, wool, or other fibers.

    • ‘The Japanese willow machine made good money for the domestic economy.’

Origin

Old English welig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wilg.