pussy willow

Definitions

  • A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow
    A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pussy willow small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves
    • n pussy willow much-branched Old World willow having large catkins and relatively large broad leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pussy willow (Bot) any kind of willow having large cylindrical catkins clothed with long glossy hairs, especially the American Salix discolor; -- called also glaucous willow, and swamp willow.
    • Pussy willow (Bot) See under Almond Pussy, and Weeping.
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Usage

In literature:

She leaped a tiny creek bowered in pussy-willow buds.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
Here are pussy willows and red maple blossoms and Mayflowers, would you believe it?
"The Story Of Waitstill Baxter" by By Kate Douglas Wiggin
In the same year, in Berlin, "A Young Girl with Pussy-Willows" and "A Neapolitan Water Carrier" were seen.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
And here's Pussy Willow again on the bough!
"The Nursery, Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1875" by Various
But don't you like pussy willows, Aunt Lettie?
"Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble" by Howard R. Garis
The buds of the pussy willow were beginning to burst.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It seems only pussy-willow time by my feelings to-day.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Willow "pussies" are to be found now in almost all localities, judging from the many reports sent us by our youthful correspondents.
"Harper's Young People, March 16, 1880" by Various
And are the pussy-willows showing in the slough-ends?
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Get your hat, and come over to Long Island City with me, and see the pussy-willows along the railroad-banks.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
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In poetry:

They told how the daisies and buttercups yellow,
Marked where the feet of the swift hours trod;
When fickle they fled from the pussy-willow,
To the newer love of the golden rod.
"In The Meadow" by Ella Fraser Weller
after their two adopted: she has a month to go
and Henry has (perhaps) many months to go
until another Spring
wakens another Henry, with far to go;
far to go, pal.
My pussy-willow ceased. The tiger-lily dreamed.
"Dream Song 109: She mentioned 'worthless' & he took it in" by John Berryman
Oh, to be in Canada! there's a road that rambles
Through a leafing maple-wood and up a windy hill,
Velvet pussy-willows press soft hands amid the brambles
Fringing round a sky-filled pool where cattle drink their fill.
"From The Trenches" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
To bear the yoke not yet your love's submissive neck is bent,
To share a husband's toil, or grasp his amorous intent;
Over the fields, in cooling streams, the heifer longs to go,
Now with the calves disporting where the pussy-willows grow.
"An Excuse For Lalage" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

A description of Dyngus Day traditions, including girls striking boys with a pussy willow branch, is what got Cooper giggling .
Combine Tete-a-tete daffodils with pussy willow branches for an instant spring garden.
Dwarf Pussy Willow By Sandy Fiore, Community Blogger PhillyBurbs.com.
I thought it was just something old people did with pussy willows and squirt guns.
Well except for that line about Pussy-willows.
Martha makes a contemporary pussy willow arrangement.
If you're starting to get the winter blues, now's a good time to simply head outdoors to get a sneak peek at spring by looking at the colorful stems of pussy willows.
An early Easter, combined with an unseasonable winter has put pussy willows in short supply.
The pussy willow buds bursted out of their buds much earlier than usual meaning they began to flower early.
Dwarf Pussy Willow By Sandy Fiore, Community Blogger PhillyBurbs.com.
Like other willows , the pussy willow produces lots of twig and leaf litter.
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