Definition of Pussy willow

1. Noun. Small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves.

Exact synonyms: Salix Discolor
Group relationships: Genus Salix, Salix
Generic synonyms: Willow, Willow Tree

2. Noun. Much-branched Old World willow having large catkins and relatively large broad leaves.
Exact synonyms: Florist's Willow, Goat Willow, Salix Caprea
Group relationships: Genus Salix, Salix
Generic synonyms: Sallow

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Literary usage of Pussy willow

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1. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Edmund Clarence Stedman, Ellen Mackay Hutchinson (1889)
"pussy willow! ''Come, Pussy! pussy willow! Within your close brown wrapper stir! A fairy gift to children dear, Come out and show your silver fur! ..."

2. Nature in Verse: A Poetry Reader for Children by Mary Isabella Lovejoy (1895)
"pussy willow! Within your close, brown wrapper stir; Come out and show your ... pussy willow! " Soon red will bud the maple trees, The bluebirds will be ..."

3. Our Young Folks by John Townsend Trowbridge, Lucy Larcom, Gail Hamilton (1866)
"LITTLE pussy willow. IV. A ND now some of my little friends perhaps have a question to ask me- **• Is not a little girl more likely to be happy who is ..."

4. Brooks's Readers by Stratton Duluth Brooks (1906)
"pussy willow THE brook is brimmed with melting snow, The maple sap is running, ... pussy willow! " Soon red will bud the maple trees, The bluebirds will be ..."

5. Kindergarten Review (1896)
"When the brook caught sight of pussy willow peeping out of her brown house he called to her, 11 Good morning, pussy willow, I am so glad to see yon, ..."

6. Music (1894)
"Thou little brown seer, pussy willow! Did the zephyrs caress The fair maid in their play, And bring the sweet kiss O'er the ice, far away pussy willow? ..."

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