- willow [wil′ō]n.[ME wilwe < OE welig, akin to Du wilg < IE base * wel-, to turn, twist, bend > Gr helix, spiral, helikē, willow]1.a) any of a genus (Salix) of trees and shrubs of the willow family, having usually narrow leaves, single, slipper-shaped bud scales, and staminate and pistillate catkins borne on separate plants: the flexible twigs of certain species are used in weaving baskets, chair seats, etc.b) the wood of any of these trees2. a machine with revolving spikes for cleaning raw wool, cotton, etc.3. [orig. made of willow] Informal a baseball bat or cricket batadj.designating a family (Salicaceae, order Salicales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs including poplarsvt.to clean (wool, cotton, etc.) with a willowwillowern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.