willow

willow [wil′ō]
n.
[ME wilwe < OE welig, akin to Du wilg < IE base * wel-, to turn, twist, bend > Gr helix, spiral, helikē, willow]
1.
a) any of a genus (Salix) of trees and shrubs of the willow family, having usually narrow leaves, single, slipper-shaped bud scales, and staminate and pistillate catkins borne on separate plants: the flexible twigs of certain species are used in weaving baskets, chair seats, etc.
b) the wood of any of these trees
2. a machine with revolving spikes for cleaning raw wool, cotton, etc.
3. [orig. made of willow] Informal a baseball bat or cricket bat
adj.
designating a family (Salicaceae, order Salicales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs including poplars
vt.
to clean (wool, cotton, etc.) with a willow
willower
n.

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  • Willow — Wil low, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. {Willy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Salix}, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • WILLOW — (Heb. עֲרָבָה, aravah). The Bible describes the willow as a tree that grows rapidly near water (Isa. 44:4) and in whose shade the behemoth reclines (Job 40:22). The exiles from Judea hung their harps on willows by the rivers of Babylon, loath to… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Willow — Willow, AK U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska Population (2000): 1658 Housing Units (2000): 1530 Land area (2000): 684.817388 sq. miles (1773.668818 sq. km) Water area (2000): 8.042330 sq. miles (20.829537 sq. km) Total area (2000):… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Willow — Wil low, v. t. To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. See {Willow}, n., 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Willow, AK — U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska Population (2000): 1658 Housing Units (2000): 1530 Land area (2000): 684.817388 sq. miles (1773.668818 sq. km) Water area (2000): 8.042330 sq. miles (20.829537 sq. km) Total area (2000): 692.859718 sq. miles …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Willow, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 114 Housing Units (2000): 66 Land area (2000): 0.264673 sq. miles (0.685499 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.264673 sq. miles (0.685499 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Willow — (Zauseler), eine dem Wolf (s.d. 4) ähnliche u. deshalb oft ebenfalls Wolf genannte Maschine der Baumwollspinnerei, bei welcher aber die Trommel statt der zahlreichen spitzen Zähne nur vier Reihen 4 bis 5 Zoll langer, stumpfer eiserner Stifte u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Willow — f English: from the tree, Old English welig, noted for its grace and the pliancy of its wood …   First names dictionary

  • willow — O.E. welig, from P.Gmc. *walg (Cf. O.S. wilgia, M.Du. wilghe, Du. wilg), probably from PIE *wel to turn, roll, with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to ow (14c.) paralleled that of BELLOW (Cf. bellow) and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Willow — A fabric woven of esparto grass and cotton, similar to sparteric. It is used for making the foundations of more expensive hats in place of buckram and is sold in sheets measuring about 24 in. by 36 in …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

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