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[n] any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal
[adj] unhealthy looking
[v] cause to become sallow, as of complexion; "The illness has sallowed her face"


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Synonyms

sickly, unhealthy

Misc. Definitions

\Sal"low\ (s[a^]l"l[-o]), n. [OE. salwe, AS. sealh; akin to OHG. salaha, G. salweide, Icel. selja, L. salix, Ir. sail, saileach, Gael. seileach, W. helyg, Gr. "eli`kh.]
1. The willow; willow twigs. [Poetic] --Tennyson. And bend the pliant sallow to a shield. --Fawkes. The sallow knows the basketmaker's thumb. --Emerson.
2. (Bot.) A name given to certain species of willow, especially those which do not have flexible shoots, as {Salix caprea}, {S. cinerea}, etc. {Sallow thorn} (Bot.), a European thorny shrub ({Hippophae rhamnoides}) much like an El[ae]agnus. The yellow berries are sometimes used for making jelly, and the plant affords a yellow dye.
\Sal"low\, a. [Compar. {Sallower}; superl. {Sallowest}.] [AS. salu; akin to D. zaluw, OHG. salo, Icel. s["o]lr yellow.] Having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow; as, a sallow skin. --Shak.
\Sal"low\, v. t. To tinge with sallowness. [Poetic] July breathes hot, sallows the crispy fields. --Lowell.

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