Definition of widow wail in English:

widow wail

noun

  • A small Mediterranean evergreen shrub with yellow flowers and red, three-lobed berries, Cneorum tricoccon (family Rutaceae). Now historical and rare.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From widow + wail, apparently so called because of the toxicity of these plants.

Pronunciation

widow wail

/ˈwɪdəʊ weɪl/