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willow (n.)

Old English welig "willow," from Proto-Germanic *wel- (source also of Old Saxon wilgia, Middle Dutch wilghe, Dutch wilg), probably from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects. The change in form to -ow (14c.) paralleled that of bellow and fellow. The more typical Germanic word for the tree is represented by withy.

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Definitions of willow

willow (n.)
any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix;
Synonyms: willow tree
willow (n.)
a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers;
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