a head of very light blond, almost white hair.
a person with such hair.
a sand bar in a river, especially a sand bar with a stand of cottonwood trees.

Origin of towhead

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tow2 + head
Related formstow-head·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun often derogatory

a person with blond or yellowish hair
a head of such hair

Word Origin for towhead

from tow ² (flax)
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Word Origin and History for towhead

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

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