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windlestraw

[win-dl-straw, win-l-] /ˈwɪn dlˌstrɔ, ˈwɪn l-/
noun, British Dialect.
1.
a withered stalk of any of various grasses.
2.
any of various long-stalked species of grass.
3.
any tall, thin person.
4.
any light or flimsy material or object.
Also, especially Scot., winlestrae.
Origin of windlestraw
1000
before 1000; Old English windelstrēaw (not attested in ME). See windle, straw
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  • But before I found them I encountered a windlestraw which showed which way blew the wind and gave promise of a very gale.

British Dictionary definitions for windlestraw

windlestraw

/ˈwɪndəlˌstrɔː/
noun (Irish & Scot, English, dialect)
1.
the dried stalk of any of various grasses
2.
anything weak or feeble, esp a thin unhealthy person
Word Origin
Old English windelstrēaw, from windel basket, from windan to wind² + strēawstraw1
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