tumbleweed

noun tum·ble·weed \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌwēd \

Definition of tumbleweed

:a plant (such 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

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First Known Use of tumbleweed

1858


TUMBLEWEED Defined for English Language Learners

tumbleweed

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Definition of tumbleweed for English Language Learners

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


TUMBLEWEED Defined for Kids

tumbleweed

noun tum·ble·weed \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌwēd \

Definition of tumbleweed for Students

:a plant that breaks away from its roots in autumn and tumbles about in the wind


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