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wallflower Tweet Definition of wallflower Like Definition of wallflower on Facebook
noun
  1. Several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the Erysimum genus with bright yellow to red flowers.
  2. (informal) A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness.
walnut Tweet Definition of walnut Like Definition of walnut on Facebook
noun
  1. A hardwood tree of the genus Juglans.
  2. The nut of the walnut tree.
  3. The wood of the walnut tree.
  4. (colour) A dark brown colour, the colour of walnut wood.
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adjective
  1. (colour) Having a dark brown colour, the colour of walnut wood.
Wandering Jew Tweet Definition of Wandering Jew Like Definition of Wandering Jew on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Jewish shoemaker who, in Christian tradition, taunted Jesus Christ on the way to his (Jesus') crucifixion and for that was condemned to wander the Earth until Jesus' return (ie. the second coming).
    1. One of three species of spiderwort plants, Tradescantia pallida (also called Setcreasea purpurea), Tradescantia fluminensis, and Tradescantia zebrina.
wasabi Tweet Definition of wasabi Like Definition of wasabi on Facebook
noun
  1. A green Japanese condiment made from the plant Wasabia japonica.
  2. An imitation of this condiment made from horseradish with green dye.
watercress Tweet Definition of watercress Like Definition of watercress on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. a perennial European herb, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, that grows in freshwater streams; used in salads and as a garnish
  2. a similar plant, Nasturtium officinale
water lily Tweet Definition of water lily Like Definition of water lily on Facebook
noun
  1. (botany) Any of various members of the Nymphaeaceae family that are tuberous plants, rooted in soil with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface.
watermelon Tweet Definition of watermelon Like Definition of watermelon on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant of the genus Citrullus, a variety of melon.
  2. The fruit of the watermelon plant, having a green rind and watery flesh that is bright red when ripe and contains black pips.
  3. (derogatory slang) An environmentalist with socialist leanings (from the similarily to the fruit, being green on the outside, and red on the inside).
wattle Tweet Definition of wattle Like Definition of wattle on Facebook
noun
  1. A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof
  2. A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards
  3. A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat
  4. Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person
  5. Any of several Australian trees of the Genus Acacia
verb (wattl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles
waxwork Tweet Definition of waxwork Like Definition of waxwork on Facebook
noun
  1. a figure made of wax, especially an effigy of a famous person
  2. (italbrac, attributively) Of or relating to such a figure.
    a waxwork dummy
wealthy Tweet Definition of wealthy Like Definition of wealthy on Facebook
noun
  1. rich people (preceded by "the")
adjective (wealthi, er, more)
  1. rich
  2. having abundance
weeping willow Tweet Definition of weeping willow Like Definition of weeping willow on Facebook
noun
  1. A variety of willow tree
Weld Tweet Definition of Weld Like Definition of Weld on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An old English surname, possibly deriving from the ancient word for woodland. The family is mainly located in the Southern regions of England.
wheat Tweet Definition of wheat Like Definition of wheat on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. a cereal grain that yields white flour as used in bakery.
  2. (colour) a light brown colour, like that of wheat.
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adjective
  1. (colour) wheaten, of a light brown colour, like that of wheat.
wheatgrass Tweet Definition of wheatgrass Like Definition of wheatgrass on Facebook
noun
  1. a cereal of the genus Agropyron
whitebeam Tweet Definition of whitebeam Like Definition of whitebeam on Facebook
noun (plural:whitebeams)
  1. Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Sorbus native to Eurasia.
white clover Tweet Definition of white clover Like Definition of white clover on Facebook
noun
  1. a species of clover, Trifolium repens, native to much of Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia and introduced elsewhere as a pasture crop.
wildflower Tweet Definition of wildflower Like Definition of wildflower on Facebook
noun
  1. a wild (uncultivated) flowering plant
  2. a flower from such a plant
willow Tweet Definition of willow Like Definition of willow on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere.
  2. (context, cricket, colloquial) A cricket bat
  3. (context, baseball, slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning the bat
windflower Tweet Definition of windflower Like Definition of windflower on Facebook
noun
  1. A species of the genus Anemone.
wintergreen Tweet Definition of wintergreen Like Definition of wintergreen on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
  2. A North American creeping evergreen plant, Gaultheria procumbens, having solitary white flowers and aromatic leaves; the checkerberry or teaberry
  3. The spicy red berries of this plant
  4. The oil, methyl salicylate, obtained from these berries
wisteria Tweet Definition of wisteria Like Definition of wisteria on Facebook
noun
  1. A genus of about ten species of woody climbing vines native to the eastern United States and the East Asian states of China, Korea, and Japan.
witch grass Tweet Definition of witch grass Like Definition of witch grass on Facebook
noun
  1. a North American grass, Panicum capillare
  2. a European grass that spreads rapidly; couch grass
woad Tweet Definition of woad Like Definition of woad on Facebook
noun
  1. Common name of the plant Isatis tinctoria whose leaves are used to make a blue dye.
  2. The dye made from the plant Isatis tinctoria.
wolfberry Tweet Definition of wolfberry Like Definition of wolfberry on Facebook
noun (wolfberries)
  1. Any of flowering species of the genus Lycium.
  2. The berry of the above mentioned plant.
wolfsbane Tweet Definition of wolfsbane Like Definition of wolfsbane on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Aconitum.
Woodbine Tweet Definition of Woodbine Like Definition of Woodbine on Facebook
noun
  1. A cigarette of this brand
proper noun
  1. A British brand of unfiltered cigarette, now made in Ireland
wood sorrel Tweet Definition of wood sorrel Like Definition of wood sorrel on Facebook
noun
  1. a white-flowered woodland plant, Oxalis acetosella
wormseed Tweet Definition of wormseed Like Definition of wormseed on Facebook
noun
  1. Botanical: Artemisia cina. Family: N.O. Compositae.
wormwood Tweet Definition of wormwood Like Definition of wormwood on Facebook
noun
  1. (botany) An extremely bitter aromatic plant from which a dark green oil is extracted to use in making absinthe and to flavor some wines.
  2. Anything that causes bitterness or affliction.
wort Tweet Definition of wort Like Definition of wort on Facebook
noun
  1. liquid extract from the ground malt and grain soaked in hot water, the mash, as one of the steps in making beer
  2. any of various plants or herbs
The word is usually used in combination to refer to specific plants, e.g. St. John's wort, St. John"s wort; however, it may be used on its own as a generic term.
woundwort Tweet Definition of woundwort Like Definition of woundwort on Facebook
noun (Plural:woundworts)
  1. Any of several plants of the Genus Stachys, including the hedge woundwort and the marsh woundwort. Formerly often used in poultices for wounds.

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