Definition and Meanings for willow

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Willow is ranked 10,249 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of willow

noun, transitive verb

Etymology of willow

oe. wilowe, wilwe, as. wilig, welig; akin to od. wilge, d. wilg, lg. wilge. cf. willy

Meaning of willow


as noun

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, noun

  • to open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. see willow, n., 2.
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