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Definition of Willow

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any of a number of deciduous trees having long flexible branches; cricket bat (made from the wood of a willow); machine with a spiked drum used for cleaning and loosening fibers (especially cotton and wool fibers)
(Weaving) loosen and clean fibers with a willow machine (especially wool and cotton fibers)
Willow Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Middle-earth v2.2b
Weeping trees of the waterside.
Waterside trees that grew throughout Middle-earth. The most famous of these was the ancient tree known as Old Man Willow, on the banks of the Withywindle in the Old Forest.
The Harry Potter Glossary
A tree outside Hogwarts that becomes violent against anything it comes in contact with.
Willow Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. See Willow, n., 2.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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willow
\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." 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. ampbell.
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.


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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Helygen = n. a willow tree
Helyglys = n. a willow herb
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
(synonym) willow tree
(hypernym) tree
(hyponym) osier
(member-holonym) Salix, genus Salix
2. a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers
(hypernym) textile machine
Willow Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Willow Grove Bancorp, Inc.
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Savings and loan holding company with subsidiary which performs savings bank operations, mortgage banking services and other related financial activities.
Willow Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
US Zip Codes
State: NEW YORK
City: WILLOW
State: OKLAHOMA
City: WILLOW
State: ALASKA
City: WILLOW
Willow Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of willows, foretells that you will soon make a sad journey, but you will be consoled in your grief by faithful friends.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Willow Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Willows, sallows, and osiers form the genus Salix, around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Most species are known as willow, but some narrow-leaved shrub species are called osier, and some broader-leaved species are referred to as sallow (from Old English sealh, related to the Latin word salix, willow). Some willows (particularly arctic and alpine species) are low-growing or creeping shrubs; for example, the dwarf willow (Salix herbacea) rarely exceeds in height, though it spreads widely across the ground.

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Willow Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Exhibits analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and tonic properties. Considered to be the natural form and origin of the modern day aspirin.