- any of various plants, as Amaranthus albus, A. graecizans, or the Russian thistle, Salsola kali, whose branching upper parts become detached from the roots and are driven about by the wind.
Origin of tumbleweed
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Examples from the Web for tumbleweed
The film opens on a tumbleweed blowing through the twilight streets of Los Angeles and closes with a cowboy soliloquy.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
Elsewhere Andrew's engagements are met with a deafening silence and the roll of tumbleweed.Prince Andrew's Lonely Globetrotting Life
September 19, 2013
They bounced off a cliff, turned over and over like a tumbleweed.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Every man retrieved his own birds, a matter of some difficulty in the tumbleweed.The Killer
Stewart Edward White
The machine lighted as softly on the carpet of tumbleweed as might a fluff of thistle-down.
The tumbleweed still stirred with every breath of air but everything else was still.
She wasted time in trying to dip deep enough to get clear of the tumbleweed which floated on top.
- any densely branched plant that breaks off near the ground on withering and is rolled about by the wind, esp one of several amaranths of the western US and Australia
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Word Origin and History for tumbleweed
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