Definition of pussy willow in US English:

pussy willow


  • A willow with soft fluffy silvery or yellow catkins that appear before the leaves.

    Genus Salix, family Salicaceae: several species, in particular the common North American (S. discolor)

    • ‘When I was four years old, I had this weird habit where I'd shove a branch of pussy willow way up my nose.’
    • ‘Other favorite flowers are pussy willow, azalea, peony and water lily or narcissus.’
    • ‘Weeping mulberry, weeping Siberian pea shrub and weeping pussy willow are often top grafted.’
    • ‘No one would hear his speech on the pussy willow, and no one cared for his signs on the recycling fundraiser.’
    • ‘There were several pussy willow bushes that lined the way to the school.’
    • ‘This week Maurer is selling red and yellow pussy willow shoots.’
    • ‘In Nebraska the best markets often are for scarlet curls willow, pussy willow and curly willow.’
    • ‘Its observation begins on Palm Sunday, when palm leaves or pussy willows are brought home from church.’
    • ‘As soon as she turned her attention towards it though, the frog quickly jumped from the pad into some pussy willows growing up by the water's edge.’
    • ‘Someone will just show up with a trunk full of pussy willows, and I've already ordered them.’
    • ‘There were bouquets of roses, violets, daffodils, lilies, tulips, pussy willows mixed with babies breath and sunflowers mixed with Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Dried decorations like leaves, branches, berries, and pussy willows are also lovely, long-lived alternatives.’
    • ‘Each girl brings a bouquet of pussy willows, decorated with artificial flowers and evergreen twigs, to church.’
    • ‘Chavez started walking towards the pussy willow tree.’
    • ‘It's all fuzzy like a pussy willow and warm like baked bread.’
    • ‘Forget about robins and cherry blossoms and those spongy yellow marshmallow bunnies that taste like how pussy willows look.’
    • ‘Later, down by a stream in mossy woods and pussy willows there is a masonry chimney, 30-feet high and ten in diameter.’
    • ‘We also have a staghorn sumac tree and pussy willows.’
    • ‘Mark doesn't like it, because it's not as full as the pussy willow.’


Mid 19th century: originally a child's word, because of the resemblance of the soft fluffy catkins to a cat's fur.


pussy willow

/ˈpo͝osē ˌwilō//ˈpʊsi ˌwɪloʊ/