American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.
- v. To make sallow.
- n. A broad-leaved European willow (Salix caprea) having large catkins that appear before the leaves and tough wood used as a source of charcoal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A willow, especially Salix caprea, the great sallow or goat- or hedge-willow. It is a tall shrub or bushy tree, found through the northern Old World. It puts forth its showy yellow catkins very early in spring, and in England its branches serve in church use for palms. (See
palm, 3.) It furnishes an osier for basket- and hoop-making; its wood is made into implements, and largely into gunpowder-charcoal; its bark is used for tanning, especially for tanning glove-leather. The gray sallow is only a variety. In Australia the name is applied to some acacias.
- n. An osier; a willow wand.
- Having a yellowish color; of a brownish-yellow and unhealthy-looking color: said of the skin or complexion.
- To tinge with a sallow or yellowish color.
- n. An English collectors' name for certain noctuid moths; a sallow-moth. Thus, Cirrœdia xerampelina is the center-barred sallow.
- adj. Having a grayish, yellow-green hue.
- adj. Dirty; murky.
- n. A European willow, Salix caprea, that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Poetic The willow; willow twigs.
- n. (Bot.) A name given to certain species of willow, especially those which do not have flexible shoots, as Salix caprea, S. cinerea, etc.
- adj. Having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow.
- v. Poetic To tinge with sallowness.
- adj. unhealthy looking
- n. any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal
- v. cause to become sallow
- From Middle English salwe, from Old English sealh, from Proto-Germanic *salhaz, masculine variant of *salhō, *salhjōn (compare Low German Sal, Saal; Swedish sälg), from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂lk-, *sh₂lik- (compare Welsh helyg, Latin salix), probably originally a borrowing from some other language. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English salowe, from Old English salo.Middle English saloue, from Old English sealh. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Abner! "and he called his sallow-faced companion, who was already arguing salvation and temperance with some of the crew.”
“He quotes also a poem that calls the sallow ‘the strength of bees’, and the hawthorn, ‘the barking of hounds’, and the gooseberry bush, ‘the sweetest of trees’, and the yew, ‘the oldest of trees’.”
“As I turned the handle I wondered idly what kind of sallow Turk or bulging-necked German we should find inside.”
“You've been lookin 'kind of sallow these last days, so I've got a spoonful of molasses and sulphur, laid right by yo' plate.”
“You've been lookin 'kind of sallow these last days, so I've got a spoonful of molasses and sulphur laid right by yo' plate.”
“She was wearing a bluish print dress that brought out a kind of sallow warmth in her skin, and although it was nearly four o'clock in the afternoon, her sleeves were tucked up, as if for some domestic work, above the elbows, showing her rather slender but very shapely yellowish arms.”
“He was a tall handsome young man, slightly built, with the kind of sallow complexion that women admire, and I wondered at his preferring my company to that of the womankind on board, who were certainly very civil to him.”
“The bark of what we call asp-wood, ma'am, which is a kind of sallow; they lay up great quantities of it in the autumn as a provision for winter, when they are frozen up for some months.”
“She was wearing a bluish print dress that brought out a kind of sallow warmth in her skin, and although it was nearly four o’clock in the afternoon, her sleeves were tucked up, as if for some domestic work, above the elbows, showing her rather slender but very shapely yellowish arms.”
“Their skin will look sallow and saggy because they have been dehydrating or starving themselves.”
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