win·​dle·​straw ˈwin-dᵊl-ˌstrȯ How to pronounce windlestraw (audio) ˈwi-nᵊl- How to pronounce windlestraw (audio)
: a dry thin stalk of grass

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Windlestraw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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