noun win·dle·straw \ˈwin-dəl-ˌstrȯ, ˈwi-nəl-\

Definition of windlestraw


  1. :  a dry thin stalk of grass

Origin and Etymology of windlestraw

Middle English *windelstraw, from Old English windelstrēaw, from windel- (akin to Middle English windel caulking material) + strēaw straw

First Known Use: before 12th century

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