Found 2 items, similar to Willow.
English → English
n 1: any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus
Salix [syn: willow tree
2: a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for
opening and cleaning raw textile fibers
English → English
, 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
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.”
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. --Campbell.
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
, twilly devil
, and devil
, Pussy willow
, Weeping willow
. (Bot.) See
, and Weeping
(Zo["o]l.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.]
(Zo["o]l.), a greenish European stone fly
); -- called also yellow Sally
(Zo["o]l.), a conical, scaly gall produced on
willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly (Cecidomyia strobiloides
(Zo["o]l.), the white ptarmigan. See
(Zo["o]l.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
(a) The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting.
See under Reed
(b) A sparrow (Passer salicicolus
) native of Asia,
Africa, and Southern Europe.
, 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
(Zo["o]l.), a variety of the veery, or
Wilson's thrush. See Veery
(Zo["o]l.), a very small European warbler
); -- called also bee bird
, golden wren
, sweet William
, and willow wren
, v. t.
To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a
willow. See Willow
, n., 2.