Etymology
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sallow (adj.)

Old English salo "dusky, dark" (related to sol "dark, dirty"), from Proto-Germanic *salwa- (source also of Middle Dutch salu "discolored, dirty," Old High German salo "dirty gray," Old Norse sölr "dirty yellow"), from PIE root *sal- (2) "dirty, gray" (source also of Old Church Slavonic slavojocije "grayish-blue color," Russian solovoj "cream-colored"). Related: Sallowness.

sallow (n.)

"shrubby willow plant," Old English sealh (Anglian salh), from Proto-Germanic *salhjon (source also of Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, and first element in German compound Salweide), from PIE *sal(i)k- "willow" (source also of Latin salix "willow," Middle Irish sail, Welsh helygen, Breton halegen "willow"). French saule "willow" is from Frankish salha, from the Germanic root. Used in Palm Sunday processions and decorations in England before the importing of real palm leaves began.

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Definitions of sallow
1
sallow (v.)
cause to become sallow;
The illness has sallowed her face
2
sallow (n.)
any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal;
3
sallow (adj.)
unhealthy looking;
Synonyms: sickly
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