windlestraw

noun
win·​dle·​straw | \ ˈwin-dᵊl-ˌstrȯ How to pronounce windlestraw (audio) , ˈwi-nᵊl- How to pronounce windlestraw (audio) \

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

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

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“Windlestraw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windlestraw. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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