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1straw

noun \ˈstr\

: the dry stems of wheat and other grain plants

: a single dry stem of a grain plant

: a thin tube used for sucking up a drink

Full Definition of STRAW

1
a :  stalks of grain after threshing; broadly :  dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing)
b :  a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding
2
:  a dry coarse stem especially of a cereal grass
3
a (1) :  something of small worth or significance (2) :  something too insubstantial to provide support or help in a desperate situation <clutching at straws>
b :  chaff 2
4
a :  something (as a hat) made of straw
b :  a tube (as of paper, plastic, or glass) for sucking up a beverage
strawy \ˈstr-ē\ adjective
straw in the wind
:  a slight fact that is an indication of a coming event

Examples of STRAW

  1. He was chewing on a straw.
  2. He asked for a straw for his iced tea.
  3. She drank the juice through a straw.

Origin of STRAW

Middle English, from Old English strēaw; akin to Old High German strō straw, Old English strewian to strew
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with STRAW

2straw

adjective

Definition of STRAW

1
:  made of straw <a straw hat>
2
:  of, relating to, or used for straw <a straw barn>
3
:  of the color of straw <straw hair>
4
:  of little or no value :  worthless
5
:  of, relating to, resembling, or being a straw man
6
:  of, relating to, or concerned with the discovery of preferences by means of a straw vote

Examples of STRAW

  1. <the cheese maker told us that the best Parmesan cheeses are straw, not white, in color>

First Known Use of STRAW

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

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