from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Planted with or abounding in willows.
  • adj. Resembling a willow tree, especially:
  • adj. Flexible; pliant.
  • adj. Tall, slender, and graceful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. tall, slender and graceful
  • adj. having willow trees

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with willows.
  • adj. Resembling a willow; pliant; flexible; pendent; drooping; graceful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with willows.
  • Resembling a willow; flexible; drooping; pensile: graceful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slender and graceful


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  • Damn, I just love how it's spelled.

    January 8, 2007