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towhead

[toh-hed]
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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.
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Origin of towhead

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tow2 + head
Related formstow-head·ed, adjective
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towheaded

adjective often derogatory
  1. (of a person) having blond or yellowish hair
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towhead

noun often derogatory
  1. a person with blond or yellowish hair
  2. a head of such hair
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Word Origin

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

towhead

n.

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

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