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towhead

[toh-hed] /ˈtoʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a head of very light blond, almost white hair.
2.
a person with such hair.
3.
a sand bar in a river, especially a sand bar with a stand of cottonwood trees.
Origin of towhead
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; tow2 + head
Related forms
tow-headed, adjective
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  • It warn't no towhead that you could float by in ten minutes.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Pleased and surprised to have escaped, the towhead withdrew.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Peterson didn't say nothin' about th' snag or th' towhead," he growled.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • As we dropped below the towhead, the Boy, for once silent, wistfully gazed astern.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • Minnie nodded her towhead toward a weather-beaten house of two rooms across the street.

  • As soon as I got started I took out after the raft, hot and heavy, right down the towhead.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We laid up for the day on a towhead tolerable close to the left-hand bank.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • To the right of that was a towhead, a newly formed island of mud and sand partly awash.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • The snag now lay to port, the towhead to starboard, and holding a straight course the Missouri Belle crept slowly between them.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for towhead

towhead

/ˈtəʊˌhɛd/
noun (often derogatory)
1.
a person with blond or yellowish hair
2.
a head of such hair
Word Origin
from tow² (flax)
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Word Origin and History for towhead
n.

also tow-head, in reference to tousled blond hair, 1830, from tow (n.) + head (n.). Related: Towheaded.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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