Willow
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 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. [1913 Webster]

And I must wear the willow garland For him that's dead or false to me. --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

{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 strobiloides}).

{Willow grouse} (Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan. See {ptarmigan}.

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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′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,… …   English World dictionary

  • 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 — (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 — ► NOUN ▪ a tree or shrub which typically grows near water, has narrow leaves and pliant branches, and bears catkins. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Willow — Salix redirects here. For other uses, see Salix (disambiguation). Osier redirects here. For the ghost town, see Osier, Colorado. For other uses, see Willow (disambiguation). Willow Salix alba Vitellina Tristis …   Wikipedia

  • Willow — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Willow Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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