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Definition of "sallow" [sal•low]

  • Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion. (adjective)
  • To make sallow. (verb-transitive)
  • A broad-leaved European willow (Salix caprea) having large catkins that appear before the leaves and tough wood used as a source of charcoal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sallow" in a sentence
  • "Abner! "and he called his sallow-faced companion, who was already arguing salvation and temperance with some of the crew."
  • "He quotes also a poem that calls the sallow ‘the strength of bees’, and the hawthorn, ‘the barking of hounds’, and the gooseberry bush, ‘the sweetest of trees’, and the yew, ‘the oldest of trees’."
  • "As I turned the handle I wondered idly what kind of sallow Turk or bulging-necked German we should find inside."