windlestraw

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

Definition of windlestraw 

British

: a dry thin stalk of grass

First Known Use of windlestraw

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for windlestraw

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about windlestraw

Share windlestraw

Dictionary Entries near windlestraw

windlasser

windle

windles

windlestraw

windlin

wind load

wind machine

Statistics for windlestraw

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for windlestraw

The first known use of windlestraw was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on windlestraw

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with windlestraw

Comments on windlestraw

What made you want to look up windlestraw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!