One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several European or Eurasian willows (genus Salix), especially the almond-leaved willow, S. triandra (now rare).
2Any of several willowherbs (genus Epilobium), especially rosebay willowherb, E. angustifolium.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator.
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