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Meaning of willow pattern

wil'low pat"tern

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a decorative design in English ceramics, depicting chiefly a willow tree, small bridge, and two birds, derived from Chinese sources and introduced in approximately 1780: often executed in blue and white but sometimes in red and white.
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