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[wind-bawrn, -bohrn] /ˈwɪndˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn/
carried by the wind, as pollen or seed.
Origin of wind-borne
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One growled deep in its throat, perhaps in answer to that wind-borne wail.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • And just catches his shouted reply, wind-borne: For us it is always to-morrow!

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • He paused a moment at the gate, and as he stood the wind-borne fumes began their subtle work.

    The Biography of a Grizzly Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • A wind-borne branch, falling on the roof, made a sudden racket that was startling.

    The Peace of Roaring River George van Schaick
  • Less extensive deposits of this wind-borne material are found in many other parts of the world, including the Mississippi Valley.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • These children screaming round your feet, as they dash through the wind-borne fountain spray, are aware of it.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • wind-borne, came the faint, sweet chiming of distinct porcelain bells.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • Every one of these can be paralleled amongst the many neat contrivances of wind-borne fruits and seeds.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Most of the fine prairie soils in our Western States owe not a little of their richness to wind-borne dust.

  • What can an immured anchorite know of the vast mysteries of the wind-borne spirits?

British Dictionary definitions for wind-borne


(esp of plant seeds or pollen) transported by wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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