Sallow vs Ghostly - What's the difference?

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Sallow is a related term of ghostly.

As adjectives the difference between sallow and ghostly

is that sallow is (lb) yellowish skin colour while ghostly is of or pertaining to ghosts or spirits.

As a noun sallow

is a european willow, salix caprea , that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) salowe, from (etyl) salu, from (etyl) ).


  • (lb) Yellowish skin colour.
  • # Of a sickly pale colour.
  • #*
  • #*:Then his sallow face brightened, for the hall had been carefully furnished, and was very clean. ¶ There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  • #(lb) Of a tan colour, associated with people from southern Europe or East Asia.
  • #*2007 , David McWilliams, " We must begin the culture debate", 23 December:
  • #*:The girls are mostly Slavic-pretty, long-limbed with high cheekbones, sallow skin and green eyes. They are the closest thing to supermodels that Mulhuddart has ever seen.
  • #*2012 , Aisling, " Am I pink or yellow? How to choose the right foundation tone. And what is the deal with Mac foundations?" (17 January):
  • #*:A yellow undertone is often found on people with sallow skin – e.g. Asian.
  • #*2012 , Billy Keane, " I feel so much for Mickey. Maybe there is peace for him in sport", Irish Independent (13 June):
  • #*:She had such lovely sallow skin, the handsome high cheekbones of the north with the brown conker-colour eyes and the dark silken hair.
  • Dirty; murky.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) salwe, from (etyl) sealh, from (etyl) (compare Welsh helyg, Latin salix), probably originally a borrowing from some other language.


    (wikipedia sallow) (en noun)
  • A European willow, Salix caprea , that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.
  • *1819 , Keats, :
  • *:Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
  • *:Among the river sallows , borne aloft
  • *:Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
  • Willow twigs.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Fawkes
  • Bend the pliant sallow to a shield.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Emerson
  • The sallow knows the basketmaker's thumb.
    Derived terms
    * ) * sallow flute






  • Of or pertaining to ghosts or spirits.
  • a ghostly figure with a hood.
  • Spooky; frightening.
  • Relating to the soul; not carnal or secular; spiritual.
  • a ghostly confessor
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • Save and defend us from our ghostly enemies.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • One of the ghostly children of St. Jerome.


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