tumbleweed

noun
tum·​ble·​weed | \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce tumbleweed (audio) \

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

Examples of tumbleweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nowadays, several of the world’s key crop plants are C4, including corn, millet, and sorghum, and so are several of the world’s key weeds, like crabgrass and tumbleweed. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 This collective shorthand is so familiar that a filmmaker can use a single shot of a desiccated tumbleweed blowing across a dusty landscape to convey a whole geography of vast, dangerous emptiness. Scientific American, 21 Oct. 2021 Call the smiley-face mission a tumbleweed; call it a snowball. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 This is not the tumbleweed borderland centered around El Paso and Cuidad Juárez that exists in the northern imagination. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 The series has varied its title sequence over the years, and the tumbleweed made its debut in the fourth episode of the first season. Rich Heldenfels, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 Along the way, they are assisted by Sage (Keanu Reeves – yes), who is a wise tumbleweed. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2021 Along the way, there’s a Western ghost town populated by zombie cowboys, where our heroes meet a rolling, sentient tumbleweed soothsayer known as Sage, portrayed by a gently aflame Keanu Reeves. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 5 Mar. 2021 Along the way, they are assisted by Sage (Keanu Reeves — yes), who is a wise tumbleweed. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tumbleweed

1858, in the meaning defined above

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16 Dec 2021

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“Tumbleweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbleweed. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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tumbleweed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tumbleweed

: 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

noun
tum·​ble·​weed | \ ˈtəm-bəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce tumbleweed (audio) \

Kids Definition of tumbleweed

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

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