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
Recent Examples of tumbleweed from the Web
A wristwatch, a bust of Winston Churchill, a tumbleweed—
Nearly 1,000 tumbling tumbleweeds are collected to adorn a 25-foot tall wire frame.
Crews from the city's Park Operations Division annually gather tumbleweeds from the city's outskirts.
This Tumbleweed model, by virtue of its size, could house a homeless mother and child at the least.
Tumbleweeds of dog hair no longer blow across our living room floor.
But these days, in the tranquillity outside the 58-story tower where his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, live, tumbleweeds may as well roll.
The original Tumbleweed store opened in Parachute in February 2016 and has since expanded to Edwards, Eagle-Vail, Frisco and beyond.
Dry riverbeds of sand and tumbleweeds that snake their way through farmers’ fields now charge with water swelling up their banks.
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First Known Use of tumbleweed
TUMBLEWEED Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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