willow

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A weeping willow, a commonly seen willow cultivar.

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Middle English wilwe, welew, variant of wilghe, from Old English weliġ, from Proto-Germanic *wiligaz (compare West Frisian wylch, Dutch wilg), from Proto-Indo-European *wel-ik- (compare Ancient Greek (Arcadian) ἑλίκη (helíkē), Hittite 𒌑𒂖𒆪 (welku, grass)), from *wel- ‘twist, turn’. [Cuneiform?]

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willow (plural willows)

  1. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere.
  2. (cricket, colloquial) A cricket bat
  3. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The baseball bat.
  4. A rotating spiked drum used to open and clean cotton heads.

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willow (third-person singular simple present willows, present participle willowing, simple past and past participle willowed)

  1. (transitive) To open and cleanse (cotton, flax, wool, etc.) by means of a willow.