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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Willow  \Wil"low\,  n.  [OE.  wilowe,  wilwe,  AS  wilig  welig  akin 
  to  OD  wilge,  D.  wilg,  LG  wilge.  Cf  {Willy}.] 
  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. 
 
  And  I  must  wear  the  willow  garland  For  him  that's 
  dead  or  false  to  me  --Campbell. 
 
  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}. 
 
  {Almond  willow},  {Pussy  willow},  {Weeping  willow}.  (Bot.)  See 
  under  {Almond},  {Pussy},  and  {Weeping}. 
 
  {Willow  biter}  (Zo["o]l.)  the  blue  tit.  [Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  {Willow  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  greenish  European  stone  fly 
  ({Chloroperla  viridis});  --  called  also  {yellow  Sally}. 
 
  {Willow  gall}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  conical,  scaly  gall  produced  on 
  willows  by  the  larva  of  a  small  dipterous  fly  ({Cecidomyia 
  strobiloides}). 
 
  {Willow  grouse}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  white  ptarmigan.  See 
  {ptarmigan}. 
 
  {Willow  lark}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  sedge  warbler.  [Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  {Willow  ptarmigan}  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  variety  of  the  veery,  or 
  Wilson's  thrush.  See  {Veery}. 
 
  {Willow  warbler}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  small  European  warbler 
  ({Phylloscopus  trochilus});  --  called  also  {bee  bird}, 
  {haybird},  {golden  wren},  {pettychaps},  {sweet  William}, 
  {Tom  Thumb},  and  {willow  wren}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Twilly  \Twil"ly\,  n.  [C.  {Willy}.] 
  A  machine  for  cleansing  or  loosening  wool  by  the  action  of  a 
  revolving  cylinder  covered  with  long  iron  spikes  or  teeth;  a 
  willy  or  willying  machine;  --  called  also  {twilly  devil},  and 
  {devil}.  See  {Devil},  n.,  6,  and  {Willy}.  --Tomlinson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devil  \Dev"il\,  n.  [AS.  de['o]fol,  de['o]ful;  akin  to  G.  ?eufel, 
  Goth.  diaba['u]lus;  all  fr  L.  diabolus  the  devil,  Gr  ?  the 
  devil,  the  slanderer,  fr  ?  to  slander,  calumniate,  orig.,  to 
  throw  across  ?  across  +  ?  to  throw,  let  fall,  fall;  cf  Skr. 
  gal  to  fall.  Cf  {Diabolic}.] 
  1.  The  Evil  One  Satan,  represented  as  the  tempter  and 
  spiritual  of  mankind. 
 
  [Jesus]  being  forty  days  tempted  of  the  devil. 
  --Luke  iv  2. 
 
  That  old  serpent,  called  the  Devil,  and  Satan,  which 
  deceiveth  the  whole  world.  --Rev.  xii.  9. 
 
  2.  An  evil  spirit;  a  demon. 
 
  A  dumb  man  possessed  with  a  devil.  --Matt.  ix 
  32. 
 
  3.  A  very  wicked  person;  hence  any  great  evil.  ``That  devil 
  Glendower.''  ``The  devil  drunkenness.''  --Shak. 
 
  Have  not  I  chosen  you  twelve,  and  one  of  you  is  a 
  devil?  --John  vi  70. 
 
  4.  An  expletive  of  surprise,  vexation,  or  emphasis,  or 
  ironically,  of  negation.  [Low] 
 
  The  devil  a  puritan  that  he  is  .  .  .  but  a 
  timepleaser.  --Shak. 
 
  The  things  we  know  are  neither  rich  nor  rare  But 
  wonder  how  the  devil  they  got  there  --Pope. 
 
  5.  (Cookery)  A  dish,  as  a  bone  with  the  meat,  broiled  and 
  excessively  peppered;  a  grill  with  Cayenne  pepper. 
 
  Men  and  women  busy  in  baking,  broiling,  roasting 
  oysters,  and  preparing  devils  on  the  gridiron.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
 
  6.  (Manuf.)  A  machine  for  tearing  or  cutting  rags,  cotton, 
  etc 
 
  {Blue  devils}.  See  under  {Blue}. 
 
  {Cartesian  devil}.  See  under  {Cartesian}. 
 
  {Devil  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  two  or  more  South  African 
  drongo  shrikes  ({Edolius  retifer},  and  {E.  remifer}), 
  believed  by  the  natives  to  be  connected  with  sorcery. 
 
  {Devil  may  care},  reckless,  defiant  of  authority;  --  used 
  adjectively.  --Longfellow. 
 
  {Devil's  apron}  (Bot.),  the  large  kelp  ({Laminaria 
  saccharina},  and  {L.  longicruris})  of  the  Atlantic  ocean, 
  having  a  blackish,  leathery  expansion,  shaped  somewhat 
  like  an  apron. 
 
  {Devil's  coachhorse}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  black  rove  beetle  ({Ocypus  olens}).  [Eng.] 
  b  A  large  predacious,  hemipterous  insect  ({Prionotus 
  cristatus});  the  wheel  bug.  [U.S.] 
 
  {Devil's  darning-needle}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  under  {Darn},  v.  t. 
 
 
  {Devil's  fingers},  {Devil's  hand}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common 
  British  starfish  ({Asterias  rubens});  --  also  applied  to  a 
  sponge  with  stout  branches.  [Prov.  Eng.,  Irish  &  Scot.] 
 
  {Devil's  riding-horse}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  American  mantis 
  ({Mantis  Carolina}). 
 
  {The  Devil's  tattoo},  a  drumming  with  the  fingers  or  feet. 
  ``Jack  played  the  Devil's  tattoo  on  the  door  with  his  boot 
  heels.''  --F.  Hardman  (Blackw.  Mag.). 
 
  {Devil  worship},  worship  of  the  power  of  evil;  --  still 
  practiced  by  barbarians  who  believe  that  the  good  and  evil 
  forces  of  nature  are  of  equal  power. 
 
  {Printer's  devil},  the  youngest  apprentice  in  a  printing 
  office,  who  runs  on  errands,  does  dirty  work  (as  washing 
  the  ink  rollers  and  sweeping),  etc  ``Without  fearing  the 
  printer's  devil  or  the  sheriff's  officer.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  {Tasmanian  devil}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  savage  carnivorous 
  marsupial  of  Tasmania  ({Dasyurus,  or  Diabolus  ursinus}). 
 
 
  {To  play  devil  with},  to  molest  extremely;  to  ruin.  [Low] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devil  \Dev"il\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deviled}or  {Devilled};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Deviling}or  {Devilling}.] 
  1.  To  make  like  a  devil;  to  invest  with  the  character  of  a 
  devil. 
 
  2.  To  grill  with  Cayenne  pepper;  to  season  highly  in  cooking, 
  as  with  pepper. 
 
  A  deviled  leg  of  turkey.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Devil 
  n  1:  (Judeo-Christian  religion)  chief  spirit  of  evil  and 
  adversary  of  God;  tempter  of  mankind;  master  of  Hell 
  [syn:  {Satan},  {Old  Nick},  {Devil},  {the  Devil},  {Lucifer}, 
  {Beelzebub},  {the  Tempter},  {Prince  of  Darkness}] 
  2:  one  of  the  evil  spirits  of  traditional  Jewish  and  Christian 
  belief  [syn:  {fiend},  {demon},  {daemon},  {daimon}] 
  3:  a  word  used  in  exclamations  of  confusion;  "what  the  devil" 
  or  "the  deuce  with  it"  or  "the  dickens  you  say"  [syn:  {deuce}, 
  {dickens}] 
  4:  a  rowdy  or  mischievous  person  (usually  a  young  man);  "he 
  chased  the  young  hellions  out  of  his  yard"  [syn:  {hellion}, 
  {heller}] 
  5:  a  cruel  wicked  and  inhuman  person  [syn:  {monster},  {fiend}, 
  {demon},  {ogre}] 
  v  1:  cause  annoyance  in  disturb,  esp.  by  minor  irritations: 
  "Mosquitoes  buzzing  in  my  ear  really  bothers  me";  "It 
  irritates  me  that  she  never  closes  the  door  after  she 
  leaves"  [syn:  {annoy},  {rag},  {get  to},  {bother},  {get 
  at},  {irritate},  {rile},  {nark},  {nettle},  {gravel},  {vex}] 
  2:  coat  or  stuff  with  a  spicy  paste:  "devilled  eggs" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Devil 
  (Gr.  diabolos),  a  slanderer,  the  arch-enemy  of  man's  spiritual 
  interest  (Job  1:6;  Rev.  2:10;  Zech.  3:1).  He  is  called  also  "the 
  accuser  of  the  brethen"  (Rev.  12:10). 
 
  In  Lev.  17:7  the  word  devil"  is  the  translation  of  the  Hebrew 
  _sair_,  meaning  a  goat"  or  satyr"  (Isa.  13:21;  34:14), 
  alluding  to  the  wood-daemons,  the  objects  of  idolatrous  worship 
  among  the  heathen. 
 
  In  Deut.  32:17  and  Ps  106:37  it  is  the  translation  of  Hebrew 
  _shed_,  meaning  lord,  and  idol,  regarded  by  the  Jews  as  a 
  "demon,"  as  the  word  is  rendered  in  the  Revised  Version. 
 
  In  the  narratives  of  the  Gospels  regarding  the  "casting  out  of 
  devils"  a  different  Greek  word  (daimon)  is  used  In  the  time  of 
  our  Lord  there  were  frequent  cases  of  demoniacal  possession 
  (Matt.  12:25-30;  Mark  5:1-20;  Luke  4:35;  10:18,  etc.). 
 




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