Main definitions of sallow in English

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sallow1

adjective

  • (of a person's face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown color.

    • ‘Her eyes sparkled and her completion had lost its sallow look.’
    • ‘The skin hung loosely on her body and the flesh had a sallow tint to it.’
    • ‘The shaken man described one of the attackers as thin, in his early 20s, with long thin face and a Mexican-style moustache and sallow complexion.’
    • ‘He looked even worse than before, only this time he had beads of sweat dripping down his sallow skin and his nostrils were flared in his over-large nose.’
    • ‘Werner's voice was a bit sharp; he was rattled by something almost feverish in her tone, and those twin spots of raspberry colour high on Gretina's normally sallow cheeks.’
    • ‘Her face was a sallow pale color, her eyes wide and wild with pain and fear.’
    • ‘His short and curly dark hair was tousled from a morning of sleep and his usually olive skin had the sallow tone of the hungover.’
    • ‘A person with strong digestive organs has a yellowish complexion with luster and a person with a disease of the digestive organs has a sallow complexion and is emaciated, fatigued or has a diseased color that is hard to describe with words.’
    • ‘Other patients who had pale lips, sallow complexion and bleeding had fewer mitochondria in the parietal cells of the stomach and these had obviously damaged cristal membranes. c.’
    • ‘His black hair was drawn up in thick spikes, and he had a sallow face which was a ghastly white.’
    • ‘For a moment, he simply watched his sleeping lover - he'd lost weight to a foul stomach and not eating for several days; his eyes were sunken, and sallow splotches had began to discolor his skin.’
    • ‘A thin zombie-like man with yellow sallow skin, long stringy hair and bloodshot eyes stared at them.’
    • ‘His skin was sallow and shiny from the feverish sweat that drenched him as it had before in the foyer, but how long had he been like this, sitting here without aid?’
    • ‘The small man with the sallow complexion and expressionless eyes seems to have made no particular impression on anyone with whom he came into contact during that time.’
    • ‘The first thing that frightened me was the pale sallow color of my skin, which I originally thought was from my extreme and deathly loss of blood.’
    • ‘The driver is described as a white male, late 20s or early 30s, thin build, 5ft 9ins, with dark hair and a sallow complexion, unshaven and wearing a dark sweater and trousers.’
    • ‘Brandon and Gordon looked and faced down a long-haired, sallow youth just a little older than Gordon.’
    • ‘Russo finally reached the booth himself, the manager of the theater, a balding, middle-aged man with sallow skin and nervous eyes, was standing there waiting for him.’
    • ‘Whiteside is described as 5ft 6in tall, slim, with short hair which is balding on top and going grey on sides, a sallow complexion and brown eyes.’
    • ‘Looking at her closer, he notes her sallow eyes and pale complexion.’
    yellowish, jaundiced, pallid, wan, pale, waxen, anaemic, bloodless, colourless, pasty, pasty-faced
    unhealthy-looking, sickly, sickly-looking, washed out, peaky, peakish, peaked
    like death warmed up
    wabbit, peely-wally
    etiolated, lymphatic
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]rare
  • Make sallow.

Origin

Old English salo dusky of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse sǫlr yellow from a base meaning dirty.

Pronunciation:

sallow

/ˈsalō/

Main definitions of sallow in English

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sallow2

noun

  • 1British A willow tree, especially one of a low-growing or shrubby kind.

    Also called pussy willow
    • ‘Goat Willow, Sallow or Pussy Willow is a very common, native, small tree or shrub to 10m. It is found throughout Britain in hedges,scrub and damp woods.’
    • ‘Sallows grow much faster, if they are planted within reach of water, or in a very moorish ground, or flat plain; and where the soil is (by reason of extraordinary moisture) unfit for arable, or meadow.’
  • 2A moth with dull yellow, orange, and brown patterned wings. The larvae of some species feed on sallow catkins.

    • ‘The genus Eupsilia, which includes some of the moths known as Sallows, is one of the problematic groups. There are nine or ten species in North America, with perhaps more to be eventually described.’
    • ‘The Xanthia family of moths were the next of the Sallows to appear, with a Barred Sallow, Xanthia aurago and the Sallow, Xanthia icteritia, both turning up on 21 September. A Pink-barred Sallow, Xanthia togata, was the last of this family to be recorded during this period.’

Origin

Old English salh, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse selja, and Latin salix willow.

Pronunciation:

sallow

/ˈsalō/