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  Dictionary Definition of willow

willow
noun
1. any of the trees or shrubs constituting the genus Salix, many species of which have tough, pliable twigs or branches which are used for wickerwork, etc.
2. the wood of the willow.
3. Colloquial something made of this, as a cricket bat.
4. a machine consisting essentially of a cylinder armed with spikes revolving within a spiked casing, for opening and cleaning cotton or other fibre.
-- verb (t)
5. to treat (cotton, etc.) with a willow.
[ME wilwe, var. of wilghe, OE welig, c. D wilg, LG wilge ]