tumbleweed


tum·ble·weed

noun \ˈtəm-bəl-ˌwēd\

: a plant found especially in the North American desert that breaks away from its roots and is blown across the ground by the wind

Full Definition of TUMBLEWEED

:  a plant (as Russian thistle or any of several amaranths) that breaks away from its roots in the autumn and is driven about by the wind as a light rolling mass

First Known Use of TUMBLEWEED

1887

tumbleweed

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Plant that breaks away from its roots and is driven about by the wind as a light rolling mass, scattering seeds as it goes. Examples include pigweed (Amaranth retroflexus, a widespread weed in the western U.S.) and other amaranths, tumbling mustard, Russian thistle, the steppe plant Colutea arborea, and the grass Spinifex of Indonesian shores and Australian steppes.

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