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 for Pussy willow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pussy \Pussy\, n. [Dim. of puss.]
     1. A pet name for a cat; also, an endearing name for a girl.
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     2. A catkin of the pussy willow.
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     3. The game of tipcat; -- also called pussy cat.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Willow \Wil"low\, n. [OE. wilowe, wilwe, AS. wilig, welig; akin
     to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy.]
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     1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including
        many species, most of which are characterized often used
        as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. "A
        wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight." --Sir W.
        Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the
        person beloved, is said to wear the willow.
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              And I must wear the willow garland
              For him that's dead or false to me.   --Campbell.
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     2. (Textile Manuf.) A machine in which cotton or wool is
        opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes
        projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded
        with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having
        been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods,
        though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the
        winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called
        also willy, twilly, twilly devil, and devil.
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     Almond willow, Pussy willow, Weeping willow. (Bot.) See
        under Almond, Pussy, and Weeping.
  
     Willow biter (Zool.) the blue tit. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Willow fly (Zool.), a greenish European stone fly
        ({Chloroperla viridis); -- called also yellow Sally.
  
     Willow gall (Zool.), a conical, scaly gall produced on
        willows by the larva of a small dipterous fly ({Cecidomyia
        strobiloides).
  
     Willow grouse (Zool.), the white ptarmigan. See
        ptarmigan.
  
     Willow lark (Zool.), the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
  
     Willow ptarmigan (Zool.)
        (a) The European reed bunting, or black-headed bunting.
            See under Reed.
        (b) A sparrow ({Passer salicicolus) native of Asia,
            Africa, and Southern Europe.
  
     Willow tea, the prepared leaves of a species of willow
        largely grown in the neighborhood of Shanghai, extensively
        used by the poorer classes of Chinese as a substitute for
        tea. --McElrath.
  
     Willow thrush (Zool.), a variety of the veery, or Wilson's
        thrush. See Veery.
  
     Willow warbler (Zool.), a very small European warbler
        ({Phylloscopus trochilus); -- called also bee bird,
        haybird, golden wren, pettychaps, sweet William,
        Tom Thumb, and willow wren.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pussy willow
      n 1: small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves
           and silky catkins that come before the leaves [syn: pussy
           willow, Salix discolor]
      2: much-branched Old World willow having large catkins and
         relatively large broad leaves [syn: goat willow, florist's
         willow, pussy willow, Salix caprea]

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