wind·​blown | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌblōn How to pronounce windblown (audio) \

Definition of windblown

: blown by the wind especially : having a permanent set or character of growth determined by the prevailing winds windblown trees

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Caribou are happy with the windblown lichen patches and moose have had an easy time of it, able to work their way along the south side of willow draws without having to plow through drifts. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 From Dominican beauty Annibelis Baez's dark curls to artist muse Laura Morgan’s long blonde waves, the majority of the lineup received glossy slick backs with windblown lift at the roots and lengths that trailed neatly in the back. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Proenza Schouler Just Sent Cool-Girl Wet Hair Down the Runway—And It’s Easier to Pull Off Than You Think," 12 Feb. 2019 Brisk December mornings are typically accompanied by thick fuzzy socks and effortless windblown top knots. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt Steps Out with Bare Legs—and Winter's Best Anti-Pedicure," 17 Dec. 2018 Intensely fertile, the region is defined by its dunelike hills, formed eons ago by windblown silt. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Getaway to the ‘Tuscany of America’," 27 July 2018 These mounds of windblown sand stretched for miles and were one of the greatest barriers between Curiosity and its destination — Mount Sharp, toward the crater's interior. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Curiosity’s five-year journey across Mars — in one stunning photo," 3 Feb. 2018 Mami was kicking and slapping at my father, trying to get free, her hair windblown and tangled. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 Authorities halted operations at Ngurah Rai International Airport before dawn on Friday, concerned that windblown ash from new eruptions at Mount Agung could interfere with flights. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Bali Airport Reopens After Volcanic Ash Clears," 29 June 2018 Shared values' On the windblown cliffs of western Scotland, there are whispers that Trump could also squeeze in a round of golf during his brief trip. NBC News, "Trump's visit to Britain faces mass protest marches — and a giant baby blimp," 24 June 2018

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windblown

: carried through the air by the wind
: made messy by the wind

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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