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Meaning of WILLOW

Pronunciation:  'wilow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers
  2. [n]  any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix

WILLOW is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: willow tree
 See Also: almond-leaves willow, arctic willow, arroyo willow, Babylonian weeping willow, balsam willow, bay willow, bearberry willow, black willow, brittle willow, crack willow, creeping willow, cricket-bat willow, dwarf gray willow, dwarf willow, genus Salix, gray willow, hoary willow, Huntingdon willow, laurel willow, osier, peachleaf willow, peach-leaved willow, prairie willow, pussy willow, sage willow, Salix, Salix alba, Salix alba caerulea, Salix alba sericea, Salix amygdaloides, Salix arctica, Salix babylonica, Salix blanda, Salix candida, Salix cinerea, Salix discolor, Salix fragilis, Salix herbacea, Salix humilis, Salix lasiolepis, Salix lucida, Salix nigra, Salix pendulina, Salix pendulina blanda, Salix pentandra, Salix pyrifolia, Salix repens, Salix sericea, Salix sitchensis, Salix tristis, Salix uva-ursi, sallow, shining willow, silky willow, silver willow, Sitka willow, snap willow, swamp willow, textile machine, tree, weeping willow, white willow, Wisconsin weeping willow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin
    to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. {Willy}.]
    1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Salix}, including
       many species, most of which are characterized often used
       as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. ``A
       wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight.'' --Sir W.
       Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the
       person beloved, is said to wear the willow.
             And I must wear the willow garland For him that's
             dead or false to me.                  --Campbell.
    2. (Textile Manuf.) A machine in which cotton or wool is
       opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes
       projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded
       with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having
       been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods,
       though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the
       winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called
       also {willy}, {twilly}, {twilly devil}, and {devil}.
    {Almond willow}, {Pussy willow}, {Weeping willow}. (Bot.) See
       under {Almond}, {Pussy}, and {Weeping}.
    {Willow biter} (Zo["o]l.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.]
    {Willow fly} (Zo["o]l.), a greenish European stone fly
       ({Chloroperla viridis}); -- called also {yellow Sally}.
    {Willow gall} (Zo["o]l.), a conical, scaly gall produced on
       willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly ({Cecidomyia
    {Willow grouse} (Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan. See
    {Willow lark} (Zo["o]l.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
    {Willow ptarmigan} (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting.
           See under {Reed}.
       (b) A sparrow ({Passer salicicolus}) native of Asia,
           Africa, and Southern Europe.
    {Willow tea}, the prepared leaves of a species of willow
       largely grown in the neighborhood of Shanghai, extensively
       used by the poorer classes of Chinese as a substitute for
       tea. --McElrath.
    {Willow thrush} (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the veery, or
       Wilson's thrush. See {Veery}.
    {Willow warbler} (Zo["o]l.), a very small European warbler
       ({Phylloscopus trochilus}); -- called also {bee bird},
       {haybird}, {golden wren}, {pettychaps}, {sweet William},
       {Tom Thumb}, and {willow wren}.
  2. \Wil"low\, v. t.
    To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a
    willow. See {Willow}, n., 2.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a willow tree in your dream, symbolizes mourning and sadness.