adjective, sal·low·er, sal·low·est.
- of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.
verb (used with object)
- to make sallow.
- any of several shrubby Old World willows, especially Salix atrocinerea or the pussy willow, S. caprea.
- (esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour
- (tr) to make sallow
- any of several small willow trees, esp the Eurasian Salix cinerea (common sallow), which has large catkins that appear before the leaves
- a twig or the wood of any of these trees
adj.Old English salo “dusky, dark” (related to sol “dark, dirty”), from Proto-Germanic *salwa- (cf. Middle Dutch salu “discolored, dirty,” Old High German salo “dirty gray,” Old Norse sölr “dirty yellow”), from PIE root *sal- “dirty, gray” (cf. Old Church Slavonic slavojocije “grayish-blue color,” Russian solovoj “cream-colored”). Related: Sallowness. n.“shrubby willow plant,” Old English sealh (Anglian salh), from Proto-Germanic *salhjon (cf. Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, and first element in German compound Salweide), from PIE *sal(i)k- “willow” (cf. Latin salix “willow,” Middle Irish sail, Welsh helygen, Breton halegen “willow”). French saule “willow” is from Frankish salha, from the Germanic root. Used in Palm Sunday processions and decorations in England before the importing of real palm leaves began. adj.
- Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.
- To make sallow.