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
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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