Definition of Sallow

1. Noun. Any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal.

Group relationships: Genus Salix, Salix
Generic synonyms: Willow, Willow Tree
Specialized synonyms: Florist's Willow, Goat Willow, Pussy Willow, Salix Caprea

2. Verb. Cause to become sallow. "The illness has sallowed her face"
Generic synonyms: Discolor

3. Adjective. Unhealthy looking.
Exact synonyms: Sickly
Similar to: Unhealthy
Derivative terms: Sallowness

Definition of Sallow

1. n. The willow; willow twigs.

2. a. Having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow; as, a sallow skin.

3. v. t. To tinge with sallowness.

Definition of Sallow

1. Adjective. Having a grayish, yellow-green hue. ¹

2. Adjective. Dirty; murky. ¹

3. Noun. A European willow, ''Salix caprea'', that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood. ¹

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Definition of Sallow

1. of a sickly yellowish color [adj -LOWER, -LOWEST] : SALLOWLY [adv] / to make sallow [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sallow

Medical Definition of Sallow

1. Having a yellowish colour; of a pale, sickly colour, tinged with yellow; as, a sallow skin. Origin: AS. Salu; akin to D. Zaluw, OHG. Salo, Icel. Solr yellow. To tinge with sallowness. "July breathes hot, sallows the crispy fields." (Lowell) 1. The willow; willow twigs. "And bend the pliant sallow to a shield." (Fawkes) "The sallow knows the basketmaker's thumb." (Emerson) 2. A name given to certain species of willow, especially those which do not have flexible shoots, as Salix caprea, S. Cinerea, etc. Sallow thorn, a European thorny shrub (Hippophae rhamnoides) much like an Elaeagnus. The yellow berries are sometimes used for making jelly, and the plant affords a yellow dye. Origin: OE. Salwe, AS. Sealth; akin to OHG. Salaha, G. Salwiede, Icel. Selja L. Salix, Ir. Sail, saileach, Gael. Seileach, W. Helyg, Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sallow

salle d'armes
sally forth

Literary usage of Sallow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1854)
"1561 The broad-leaved Willow, or sallow. 97. caprea L. S Britain fig. ... A Switzerland The coriaceous-kneed, or leathery Willow or sallow. fig. 112. in p. ..."

2. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential by Sir James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1801)
"Round-eared, or Trailing sallow. ... It varies in height, but is generally in all its parts about half the size of the Water sallow. ..."

3. An Encyclopaedia of Trees and Shrubs: Being the Arboretum Et Fruticetum by John Claudius Loudon (1869)
"The Damson-/rat>e</ Willow, or sallow. Identification. Forbes in Sal. Wob., No. ... The round-leaved Willow, or sallow. Identification. Sal Wob., No. 104. ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"She has very dark hair, dark brown eyes, and sallow complexion ; her head is very large, flat on the summit, and very broad from side to side; the anterior ..."

5. An Encyclopædia of Trees and Shrubs: Being the Arboretum Et Fruticetum by John Claudius Loudon (1869)
"Anderson's Willow, or the Green Mountain sallow. Identification, Smith Eng. Bot., ... The round-/<?awd Willow, or sallow. Identification. Sal Wob., No. 104. ..."

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