from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European willow, sometimes named Salix aquatica, forming a variety of the common sallow, S. Caprea, or if distinct, S. cinerea.
  • n. An American acanthaceous plant, Dianthera Americana, an herb 3 feet high, of willow-like aspect, growing in water, having purplish flowers in axillary peduncled spikes.


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  • In a general way, I have a mind as round as a ball, and a character fresh as a water-willow.

    Diderot and the Encyclopædists Volume II.

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